Pele death 2022 | Tributes flood in for ‘most divine’ Pele


Tributes are flooding in for Brazilian football giant Pele, who passed away overnight after a long battle with cancer.

The standard-bearer of “the beautiful game” had undergone treatment for colon cancer since 2021. He had been hospitalised for the last month with multiple ailments.

In the conversation about football’s greatest players, only the late Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are mentioned alongside Pelé.

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Tributes have come from global sporting greats including Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar.

Legendary former England striker Gary Lineker led tributes, calling Pele the “most divine of footballers and joyous of men”.

“He may have left us, but he’ll always have footballing immortality.”

A statement from Pele’s hospital confirmed he died of multiple organ failure.

“The Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein regretfully confirms the death of Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele, today, December 29, 2022, at 3:27 pm, due to the failure of multiple organs, a result of the progression of cancer of colon associated with his previous clinical condition.

“Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein sympathizes with the family and everyone who suffers from the loss of our dear King of Football.”

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