Pele dies – live update: Brazilian football legend dies aged 82 after battle with colon cancer

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Tributes are pouring in from around the footballing world for Brazilian legend Pele, 82, who died today following a battle with colon cancer.

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Details of Pele’s death emerge

Pele died at 3.27pm Brazilian time due to multiple organ failure resulting from his colon cancer, according to a medical report seen by Reuters.

‘Divine – footballing immortality’: Lineker’s tribute

Former England striker Gary Lineker, who would have been nine when Pele won the last of his World Cups with Brazil in 1970, has tweeted…

Another England striking legend, Michael Owen, also paid tribute to Pele.

Sir Geoff Hurst: Pele was the best footballer I ever played against

England legend and World Cup winner, Sir Geoff Hurst is among those hailing Pele’s legacy.

He wrote on Twitter: “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 the pitch with him. RIP Pele and thank you.”

Pele’s former club Santos FC pays tribute

In pictures: Pele through the years

Football fans love to debate who is the greatest of all time.

Diego Maradona, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi often make the list, but there is little doubt that Pele’s mark on the football pitch was just as legendary.

Below are a few of the incredible scenes from the footballer’s career…

Brazil's Pele holds up his team's Jules Rimet Trophy following Brazil's 4-1 victory over Italy in 1970

Pele is presented with a trophy by the Queen and Prince Philip in Rio de Janeiro during a state visit in 1968

Pele scores in the 1958 World Cup final against Sweden, which Brazil won

Nelson Mandela and Pele smile for photographers in 1995

Diego Maradona and Pele attending a footballing event in 2016

Former England captain Bobby Moore and Pele swaps shirts after match in 1970

Pele’s daughter pays tribute to her father

Pele’s daughter Kely Nascimento wrote on Instagram: “We are thanks to you. We love you infinitely. Rest in peace.”

Football icon Pele dies aged 82

Edson Arantes do Nascimento – known globally as Pele – has died after a lengthy battle with colon cancer.

The Brazilian football icon, best known for helping his country win the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups, was admitted to hospital in Sao Paulo in November.

Widely considered one of, if not the greatest player of all-time, Pele left a huge mark on the game and was revered around the world.

He had a tumour removed from his colon in September 2021 and had been receiving hospital care on a regular basis.

Last month, he was hospitalised in Sao Paulo to re-evaluate his care and was also being treated for a respiratory infection, according to medical reports.

During his incredible career, the footballer played for Brazil and club sides Santos and New York Cosmos as a striker.

He also holds the record for goals in matches with Brazil, at 77.

Source:Sky News

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