Three-time world champion Pelé has died at the age of 82 after battling cancer.

The disease was detected in Pele last fall, after which the 82-year-old Brazilian underwent chemotherapy, but subsequently his body stopped responding to it.

He had been receiving regular treatment from doctors ever since undergoing surgery to have a tumour on his colon removed in September 2021, but had been readmitted to hospital towards the end of 2022.

Pelé (real name Edson Arantes do Nascimento) is the only football player in history to win the World Cup three times as a player (in 1958, 1962 and 1970).

In the final tournaments of the World Cup, the footballer played a total of 14 matches and scored 12 goals in them, including 3 in the victorious finals.

In total, Pele scored 77 goals in 92 games for the Brazilian national team (from 1957 to 1971). At the club level, Pele played for the Brazilian Santos, with whom he won the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup twice (in 1962 and 1963), and the American New York Cosmos.

He was recognized as the best football player of the 20th century by the FIFA Football Commission, World Soccer and France Football, as well as the best athlete of the 20th century by the IOC.

By Maxim

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