The world reacts to the death of Brazilian football king Pelé

Reactions poured in from around the world at the death of Brazilian soccer legend Pele. He died of cancer in Brazil at the age of 82. His grace, athleticism and mesmerizing movements have captivated players and fans alike.

“A simple farewell to the eternal King Pelé will never be enough to express the pain that is hitting the whole world of football at this time. An inspiration for so many millions, a reference of yesterday, today, forever. The affection he has always shown me has been reciprocated at every shared moment, even from a distance. He will never be forgotten and his memory will forever be etched in the memory of all of us, football lovers. Rest Rest in peace, King Pelé — Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese football star.

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“Your place is on God’s side. My eternal king. Rest in peace.” — Roberto Rivellino, 1970 World Cup winner and Pelé’s teammate in the Brazilian national team.

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“Before Pelé, ’10’ was just a number. I read that somewhere at some point in my life. But this line, beautiful, is incomplete. I would say that before Pelé, football was not only a sport. Pelé changed everything. He transformed football into art, into entertainment. He gave a voice to the poor, to blacks and above all he gave visibility to Brazil. Football and Brazil raised their rank thanks to the King! He is gone, but his magic will endure. Pelé is eternal! – Brazilian football star Neymar.

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“With the death of Pelé, football lost one of its greatest legends, if not the greatest. Like all legends, the king seemed immortal. He was the stuff of dreams and continued to do so with generations and generations of lovers of our sport. Who, as a child, did not dream of being Pelé? …. The King will remain the King, forever. — Didier Deschamps, former player and coach of the France team.

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“It will be very difficult to find another Pelé. Pelé had everything a player should have. Agile, jumped like no other, could kick with both legs, physically very strong and courageous. There was no one like Pelé. — Cesar Luis Menotti, Argentinian coach and teammate of Pelé in the Santos football club in Brazil.

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“Farewell to the King. The master of the beautiful game. — Chelsea Football Club.

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“Manchester City are saddened to learn of the passing of Brazilian legend Pele, one of the greatest of all time who did so much for the beautiful game. May he rest in peace.” – Manchester City Football Club.

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“Thank you for the joy you have brought to football fans around the world.” – Manchester United Football Club.

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