Today is one day where football will take a step back and mourn for one of its greatest warriors embarking upon his heavenly odyssey, the man who defied gravity, who defied staggering odds and most importantly defied the world to transcend himself beyond the mere mortal remains of an ordinary human being, Pele.
The Brazilian magician breathed his last yesterday after a prolonged battled with illness at the ripe age of 82. The entire world has been agog with the name of the Football wizard ever since. From eminent personalities of different walks of life to iconic sportspersons, the shadow of gloom reigns supreme everywhere.
The Brazilian maestro conquered countless records and oppositions to acquire himself a place in the panoply of football Gods. He surged his way past a maze of defenders like a razor-sharp knife bathed in fire driving through hot butter. He would pull off those iconics in the flash of an eye, leaving the entire world around him still where only the ball at his feet would do the talking.
In a staggering lifespan of 82 years, Pele scaled insurmountable mountains in the Brazilian colours like winning the World Cup thrice in 1958, 1962 and 1970, winning the Taca do Atlantico in 1960, Roca Cup in 1957 and 1963, Taca Oswaldo Cruz in 1958, 1962, and 1968 and eventually the Copa Bernardo o Higgins in 1959.
Apart from the team honours, he also amassed countless individual laurels that would need a separate section altogether to talk about the hero of Brazil and Cosmos. The Indian fans were pretty fortunate to witness the talisman up close as he came to Kolkata to play a friendly match with Mohun Bagan on 25th September, 1977.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the passing away of Pele
Pele’s legend didn’t simply stay bound to the ranks of football. The entire world stood still at the passing away of the icon and cricketers were no exception to the same. Here is how Twitter reacted to the passing away of the Brazilian legend.
— M C Mary Kom OLY (@MangteC) December 30, 2022
In 2018, I was fortunate enough to stumble into a small room with Pele in it. I sat down next to him and began speaking Portuguese. He said, “Who’s this American guy and how does he know Portuguese?” pic.twitter.com/ek0BaT0R6v
— Mark Manson (@IAmMarkManson) December 30, 2022
The man that changed the game forever. More than a player.
Thank you for sharing your smile and talent with us.Advertisement
— Nuri Şahin (@nurisahin) December 30, 2022
"I would say before Pelé football was just a sport" pic.twitter.com/Y2DWMSk2WqAdvertisement
— ESPN India (@ESPNIndia) December 30, 2022
Pele did it first,,, 50yrs ago!! Legend 🕊️ pic.twitter.com/SonQv8ANm0Advertisement
— Adamoo (@Addy_Adams) December 30, 2022
A great loss to not just football but to the whole world of sports. There will never be another!
Your legacy will live on forever.
Rest in Peace Pele! ♥️ ⚽ pic.twitter.com/Nv0CFQVEpfAdvertisement
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 30, 2022
Who remembers this? #Pelé comes onto the pitch during Liverpool v Manchester United ❤️Advertisement
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) December 30, 2022
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) December 30, 2022
An 81-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper, Sebastiao Lourenco, who saved Pelé's penalty on 12 May 1971, has kept the ball till today. Game was in the Brazilian national championship.
He is the only goalkeeper alive who saved a penalty kick from Pelé. pic.twitter.com/v3wkC9XgK9
— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) December 30, 2022Advertisement
This video always gets me. Pick your favorite footballer and their skills.
Pelé did it first pic.twitter.com/l6oRYp1eSoAdvertisement
— Luis Miguel Echegaray (@lmechegaray) December 29, 2022