Pelé, one of soccer’s greatest players and a transformative figure in 20th-century sports, died on Thursday in São Paulo, Brazil. He was 82. Here are some of the highlights of his storied career. https://t.co/tbbPzTzckQ pic.twitter.com/nr96W3QhFB
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 29, 2022
Because of Pele, this young Black girl:
1. Learned of the existence of the sport of soccer
2. Learned of the existence of the large Black population in Brazil
I believe that Black Americans in general first learned of soccer and its worldwide popularity by watching the response to Pele.
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) December 29, 2022
Brazil's three-time World Cup champion Pelé has died at the age of 82.
He was a phenomenon. pic.twitter.com/JLGIR59SEF
— NOËL 🇪🇺 🇺🇦 (@NOELreports) December 29, 2022
🎙Neymar on Instagram:
“Before Pele, 10 was just a number. Before Pele, football was just a sport. He turned football into art, into entertainment. He gave a voice to the poor, to blacks, and visibility to Brazil. He is gone, but his magic remains. Pele is FOREVER.” pic.twitter.com/5I97KPQ3vU
— Brasil Football 🇧🇷 (@BrasilEdition) December 29, 2022
Brazilian legend Pelé has passed away at 82, one of the greatest of all time who changed the game.
A man with a god-given talent, one of the names who will remain forever in the memory.
All thoughts with the family.
RIP, legend 🕊️ pic.twitter.com/xxndio7gmM
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 29, 2022
As a child in Brasil, Pele couldn't pronounce the name of his favorite player, a goalkeeper named Bilé. He kept saying "Pilé" instead.
To make fun of him, kids in school would call him Pele.
His went on to become a football legend with one of the most famous names in the world. pic.twitter.com/sfyNh731gA
— Goodable (@Goodable) December 29, 2022
My late grandmother taught French at Berlitz in NYC in the 1980s. She called me one day and said, “I’m tutoring someone and he says he’s a famous soccer player. His name is Pele. Have you heard of him?” LOL. Shortly after that conversation, she sent me this autographed photo. pic.twitter.com/OPN7a9kqzR
— Pierre Atlas (@PierreAtlas) December 29, 2022
Rest in peace, Pele ❤️
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) December 29, 2022
“Today we won’t work because we are going to see Pelé”
— The Brazilian Report (@BrazilianReport) December 29, 2022
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. pic.twitter.com/urGRDePaPv
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 29, 2022
One of the all time GREATS in the world of sports passed away! My son , CHRISTIAN, was 10 years old then! Pelé WAS ONE OF THE MOST GRACIOUS MEN I HAVE EVER MET! TO ANYONE IN THE SOCCER WORLD HE WAS A GOD! MAY HE REST IN PEACE! pic.twitter.com/bqiHs1Pq9Y
— Eric Braeden (@EBraeden) December 29, 2022
I just came across this beautiful video of Maradona and Pele.
I’m pretty sure Maradona says “My dream is to head the ball with you.”
— Albert Vartanian (@AlbertVartanian) December 21, 2022
What an iconic picture
Pele and Muhammad Ali ❤️ pic.twitter.com/94hJjBwlyP
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) December 29, 2022
RIP Pele 💙 pic.twitter.com/BAnYojNB6E
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) December 29, 2022