EXTRA Way Ahead - The Death of Pele


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Thursday, December 29th, 2022. The day we lost our king. Widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé, has died at the age of 82. The "King of Soccer" and the only player to have won three FIFA World Cup titles, in 1958, 1962, and 1970.

Pelé was born in 1940 and began playing soccer at a young age. He joined the Brazilian national team at just 16 years old and made an immediate impact, scoring two goals in his first World Cup appearance in 1958. He went on to lead Brazil to victory in the tournament, cementing his place as one of the world's premier soccer players.

In the following years, Pelé continued to excel on the field, leading Brazil to another World Cup win in 1962 and scoring an incredible 77 goals in 91 international appearances. He also had successful stints with top Brazilian club Santos and the New York Cosmos in the United States.

Pelé's skill and athleticism on the field were unmatched, and he was known for his ability to score spectacular goals. He was also a team player and a leader, often setting up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Off the field, Pelé was a humble and gracious ambassador for the sport of soccer. He worked tirelessly to promote the game and used his platform to advocate for social causes.

Despite retiring from professional soccer in 1977, Pelé's legacy lives on as the greatest soccer player of all time. His impact on the sport is undeniable, and he will always be remembered as the "King of Soccer."

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