All time soccer star passed away at the age of 82

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly referred to as Pele, a Brazilian professional footballer, an all-time soccer star and the most popular sports star of the 20th century, died at the age of 82 on Thursday.

In the recent past, Pele was diagnosed with a tumour in his colon and was under medical assistance. His daughter took to Instagram to inform his death.

Pele is the only player to win the World Cup three times and holds a record score of 1,281 goals.

His seven decades of leverage as a player and an ambassador of sports in popularizing soccer worldwide lured many presidents, Hollywood stars and prominent personalities.

Pele was born on October 23, 1940, in the small Minas Gerais town of Tres Corações. He learned the game from his father, a semi-professional player whose career stepped down by a knee injury.

He often served as a goalkeeper in his neighbourhood games.

Driven by immense stamina and love for the sport, he joined Santos at the age of 15, which later became a renowned name across the globe.

His substantial victory at 18 years won every honour in Brazilian football, two Copa Libertadores – the South American equivalent of the Champions League – and two Intercontinental Cups, the annual tournament held between the best teams in Europe and South America.

His influential conquest was recognized and chosen by the national team heading for the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

The skeptical society was stupefied by his hat-trick score in the first half of the semi-finals against France, followed by two goals in the finals against the Swedish team, allowing Brazil to rule the first-ever world cup.

The World Cup was at his hands in 1962 and 1970, which included other stars such as Carlos Alberto Torres and Tostão.

After his initial retirement in 1974, he accepted an offer to play in the fledgling North American Soccer League for about $1 million a year.

His charisma led the New York Cosmos to the league championship in 1977 and captivated millions of fans to a sport that seemed inaccessible and European.

The FIFA website tabulated his 1,281 goals in 1,366 games at a rate of 0.94 per match.

Reportedly, Pele suffered consecutive health issues in recent years, including hip surgery causing recurrent pain, after which his public appearance decreased.