A farewell to Pelé
On December 29, 2022, the world was saddened by the news of the death of Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé. He was considered one of the best soccer players of all time. Pelé passed away at age 81.
Born in 1940 in Brazil, Pelé began his soccer career at a young age and quickly rose to become a professional player. He made his debut for Santos FC at age 15 and quickly became a key player for the team. Pelé’s exceptional skill and speed on the field made him a threat to any opponent, and he quickly gained a reputation as one of the best players in the world.
Throughout his career, Pelé won numerous accolades and titles, including three World Cup championships with the Brazilian national team (based on my research). He also won numerous domestic titles with Santos FC, leading the team to multiple victories in the Campeonato Paulista and the Copa Libertadores.
In addition to his on-field success, Pelé also made a significant impact off the field. He was a vocal advocate for social justice and used his platform to raise awareness for various causes, including environmentalism and peace. He was well-known by soccer fans and the general public (as a non-sports fan, even though I knew his name).
Pelé’s will be deeply missed by fans, players, and coaches worldwide. His legacy, however, will live on forever as a testament to his exceptional talent and dedication to soccer. Pelé will always be remembered as a true legend of the game.
Sandra Fernandez is a professional communicator, tech enthusiast, book lover, and blogger. You can find her main blog at SandraSays.com and more of her writing at HispanicHouston.com.