Pelé Dies After a Long Fight Against Cancer

Pelé Dies After a Long Fight Against Cancer

Pelé, perhaps the best football player of all time, passed away on Thursday at the age of 82. Multiple organ failure as a result of his colon cancer was to blame for the death, according to the medical center where the great former footballer has been hospitalized, as AP informs.

Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento, by his real name) started treatment for his colon cancer last year, but after a long battle with the disease, he passed away. However, his legacy will remain forever in the hearts of football fans. 

Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, can be a dangerous and potentially life-threatening disease. It is the third most common cancer in men and women in the United States, and it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the country. However, if it is detected and treated in the early stages, it can often be successfully treated and cured.

Colon cancer begins in the large intestine (colon) or rectum and is often preceded by the development of precancerous polyps. These polyps can be removed during a colonoscopy, which can prevent the development of cancer.

If colon cancer is not detected and treated in the early stages, it can spread to other parts of the body, including the liver, lungs, and bones. This can make treatment more difficult and the prognosis less favorable.

Pelé was world champion three times

Pelé won a record three World Cups with the Brazilian national team during his glorious football career: in 1958, 1962, and 1970.

In 1958, Pelé was just 17 years old when he helped lead Brazil to victory in the World Cup, which was held in Sweden. He scored two goals in the final match against Sweden, including the game-winning goal, and was named the tournament’s best young player.

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Pelé and Brazil also won the World Cup in 1962, which was held in Chile. He scored a goal in the final match against Czechoslovakia and was named the tournament’s best player.

The 1970 World Cup, which was held in Mexico, was Pelé’s last World Cup. Brazil won the tournament, and Pelé scored four goals during the competition. He retired from international soccer after the tournament but continued to play professionally until the age of 35.

A scoring machine

In total, Pelé scored a staggering 1,281 goals in 1,363 games during his career, making him one of the most prolific goalscorers in the history of soccer.

Pelé is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He spent the majority of his professional career playing for Santos FC, a Brazilian club team based in the city of Santos.

Pelé made his professional debut for Santos FC in 1956 and played for the team until 1974 when he joined the New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League (NASL). He played for the Cosmos until 1977 when he retired from professional soccer.

During his time with Santos FC, Pelé won numerous titles, including six Campeonato Paulista championships and two Copa Libertadores titles. He also helped lead the team to victory in the Intercontinental Cup, which was a competition between the winners of the European Cup (now the Champions League) and the Copa Libertadores.

Pelé was married three times. His first marriage was to Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi in 1966, but the couple divorced in 1982. He then married Assíria Lemos Seixas in 1994, but the couple divorced in 2008. Pelé’s third and current wife is Marcia Aoki, whom he married in 2016. Pelé has several children from his three marriages.

There are arrangements to hold a funeral service for Pelé on Monday and Tuesday, with a procession through the streets of Santos, where he began his successful soccer career, preceding the burial.


Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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