After the Brazil superstar Pele’s death on Thursday at 82, FIFA declared him to be “immortal” and dubbed him the greatest player of the 20th century. “It’s a sad day for soccer fans everywhere. When we lost Pele, “According to FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s comments, we may be grieving the loss of our beloved Pele’s physical presence today, but he has already attained immortality and will remain in our hearts forever. Only Pele has ever won the FIFA World Cup more than once.
In 1958, at the tender age of 17, he led Brazil to victory in Sweden. Despite missing a lot of the 1962 World Cup due to injuries, Pele led Brazil to another victory. This time it was in Chile. In 1970, while in Mexico, he won the Jules Rimet Trophy for the third and last time. Infantino expressed his sadness to Pele’s family, the country of Brazil, and all football lovers worldwide, saying that Pele was one of a kind. His talent and creativity were unparalleled. “Pele accomplished feats that no other player could hope to accomplish,” Infantino added. Notably, “The King” ascended the throne with a broad grin. Pele was a frequent victim of aggressive play in a game that could be violent back in his day. While he was not afraid to defend himself, he was also a model sportsman who held his rivals in the highest regard. The rest of the world seemed to halt when you were with Pele,” Infantino elaborated. Football is just one of several interests in his life. Brazilians, South Americans, and people worldwide have a newfound appreciation for him due to his efforts.
According to FIFA, he not only scored the youngest goal but also scored the youngest hat trick, made it to the finals at the youngest age, and cut the most youthful goal in a World Cup final. Sepp Blatter, head of FIFA from 1998 to 2015, once declared Pele the sport’s all-time great. “The passing of the greatest footballer of all time has left the globe in mourning. He went all out to celebrate the victory, “Blatter tweeted his thoughts on the matter. “I am deeply sorry for your loss, Pele, and I respect and admire your work. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.”
Meanwhile, UEFA, Europe’s governing football body, lauded Pele for his contributions to the sport’s widespread appeal. “Indeed, he was the sport’s first truly international celebrity. So, Pele, you’re free from pain now.”