Pele death - news: Messi and Ronaldo pay tribute to Brazil legend after his death at 82

Brazil football legend Pele has died at the age of 82.

The Associated Press confirmed the news, saying: “Brazilian soccer legend Pelé, winner of record 3 World Cups and standard-bearer for ‘the beautiful game,’ has died at 82.”

Widely considered one of the greatest players of all time, Pele is the only man to have won the World Cup on three occasions, as he helped Brazil to success at the 1958, 1962 and 1970 tournaments, also winning the Golden Ball for best player at the latter.

At the first of those, the then-17-year-old became the youngest player to appear at a men’s World Cup although his record was subsequently broken by Northern Ireland’s Norman Whiteside.

During a 21-year playing career, he is said to have scored 1,283 goals in 1,363 senior matches for clubs and country, although that number is disputed given it included unofficial friendlies and tour matches.

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Brazilian football legend Pelé dies aged 82

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Government of Brazil calls Pele ‘champion of champions'

Thursday 29 December 2022 23:31 , Graeme Massie

“Pelé. Champion of champions, living legend of our lifetime. Football perfection; the King was almost synonymous with his homeland. Generations to come will remember him as a gentleman off the field, and a magician on it; the epic number 10 shirt, immortalized by his genius,” the government’s official Twitter account stated.

Pele in pictures: Images from the life and career of Brazil’s football legend

Thursday 29 December 2022 23:01 , Graeme Massie

Pele, who has died aged 82, won three World Cups and scored more than 1,000 goals in a sensational career.

Pele in pictures: Images from the life and career of Brazil’s football legend

The best of Pelé's impossible goals

Thursday 29 December 2022 22:21 , Graeme Massie

Pele was always about more than football

Thursday 29 December 2022 22:02 , Graeme Massie

A Netflix documentary explored the life of one of football’s greatest-ever players and the country that loved him like no other, Miguel Delaney writes.

Pele was always about more than football

Pele, Gordon Banks and the greatest save

Thursday 29 December 2022 21:42 , Graeme Massie

England faced Brazil during the group stage of the 1970 World Cup.

Pele, Gordon Banks and the greatest save

Pele’s World Cup journey: From Sweden 1958 to Mexico 1970

Thursday 29 December 2022 21:20 , Graeme Massie

The Brazilian’s reputation was built on his performances at the World Cup finals.

Pele’s World Cup journey: From Sweden 1958 to Mexico 1970

Barack Obama pays tribute to Pele

Thursday 29 December 2022 21:11 , Graeme Massie

“Pelé was one of the greatest to ever play the beautiful game. And as one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, he understood the power of sports to bring people together. Our thoughts are with his family and everyone who loved and admired him,” tweeted former president Barack Obama.

Leo Messi pays tribute to Pele

Thursday 29 December 2022 21:01 , Graeme Massie

“Rest in peace,” the World Cup winner wrote on Instagram.

Brazil star Neymar pays tribute to Pele

Thursday 29 December 2022 20:51 , Graeme Massie

“Before Pelé, 10 was just a number. I’ve read this phrase somewhere, at some point in my life. But this sentence, beautiful, is incomplete. I would say before Pelé football was just a sport. Pelé has changed it all,” Neymar wrote on Instagram.

“ He turned football into art, into entertainment He gave voice to the poor, to the blacks and especially: He gave visibility to Brazil. Soccer and Brazil have raised their status thanks to the King! He’s gone but his magic remains. Pelé is FOREVER!!”

Cristiano Ronaldo pays tribute to ‘eternal king’ Pele

Thursday 29 December 2022 20:40 , Graeme Massie

“My deep condolences to all of Brazil, and in particular to the family of Edson Arantes do Nascimento. A mere “goodbye” to the eternal King Pelé will never be enough to express the pain that the entire football world is currently embracing. An inspiration to so many millions, a reference yesterday, today and forever,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram.

“The love you always showed me was reciprocated in every moment we shared even from distance. He will never be forgotten and his memory will live forever in each and every one of us football lovers. Rest in peace King Pelé.”

English football celebrates life of Pele

Thursday 29 December 2022 20:31 , Graeme Massie

“One of the greatest to have graced the beautiful game. Farewell, Pelé. You will never be forgotten,” @England tweeted.

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Pele’s visits to Great Britain: From the 1966 World Cup to London 2012

Thursday 29 December 2022 20:18 , Graeme Massie

Pele made several notable trips to Britain during his lifetime.

Pele’s visits to Great Britain: From the 1966 World Cup to London 2012

Brazilian Football Confederation pays tribute to Pele

Thursday 29 December 2022 20:11 , Graeme Massie

“REI PELÉ,” they tweeted.

Sir Geoff Hurst remembers ‘the greatest of all time’

Thursday 29 December 2022 20:05 , Graeme Massie

“I have so many memories of Pele, without doubt the best footballer I ever played against (with Bobby Moore being the best footballer I ever played alongside). For me Pele remains the greatest of all time and I was proud to be on the pitch with him. RIP Pele and thank you,” he tweeted.

Kylian Mbappé applauds life of ‘King’ Pele

Thursday 29 December 2022 19:59 , Graeme Massie

“The king of football has left us but his legacy will never be forgotten. RIP KING,” the French football star tweeted.

England star Marcus Rashford celebrates life of Pele

Thursday 29 December 2022 19:49 , Graeme Massie

“Rest easy king,” the Manchester United star tweeted.

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Chelsea star Raheem Sterling pays tribute to Pele

Thursday 29 December 2022 19:45 , Graeme Massie

“RIP Legend,” the England player tweeted.

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Pele’s daughter posts tribute to father

Thursday 29 December 2022 19:42 , Graeme Massie

“Everything we are is thanks to you. We love you infinitely. Rest in peace,” Kely Nascimento wrote on Instagram.

Gary Lineker pays tribute to Pele

Thursday 29 December 2022 19:32 , Graeme Massie

“Pele has died. The most divine of footballers and joyous of men. He played a game only a few chosen ones have come close to. 3 times he lifted the most coveted gold trophy in that beautiful yellow shirt. He may have left us but he’ll always have footballing immortality. RIP Pele,” he tweeted.

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Brazilian football legend Pelé dies aged 82

Thursday 29 December 2022 19:10 , Graeme Massie

This is a live blog covering the death of football legend Pele.