The football world pays tribute to Pelé. Pelé, the Brazilian soccer legend who set a record by winning three World Cups, passed away on Thursday at the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital in Sao Paulo, after a lengthy battle with colon cancer. Pelé was one of the most influential athletes of the 20th century. He was 82. His casket was to be carried through the streets of Santos, the coastal city where his illustrious career began, before burial. The funeral was scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
One of soccer’s all-time greats, Pelé spent nearly two decades thrilling supporters and stunning rivals as the sport’s leading scorer for Brazilian club Santos and the Brazil national team.