Pele was member of three Brazilian World Cup champion teams
ABOVE VIDEO: A true icon of world football, Pelé captured the heart of fans across the globe. From dazzling in his first FIFA World Cup as 17 year old, to lifting the trophy in Mexico in 1970, his skill and quality were plain to see. He would end his career with three FIFA World Cup winners medals. (Video by AP)
(FOX NEWS) – Pelé, the soccer legend who inspired a nation on and off the field, died on Thursday after battling colon cancer. He was 82.
Pelé had a tumor removed in September 2021 and has been undergoing chemotherapy since.
A member of three Brazilian World Cup champion teams, Pelé was widely regarded as the greatest soccer player off all time and often was given credit for the term “the beautiful game” used to describe the sport
Edson Arantes do Nascimiento, whose father was a struggling soccer player, was born in Tres Coracoes, Brazil, and grew up in poverty in Bauru in the state of Sao Paulo. He was named after the American investor Thomas Edison – though his parents decided to remove the “I” and call him Edson. He was nicknamed “Dico” by his family.
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