For several days now, the news about Pele’s deteriorating health has been garnering attention and triggering alerts. It was finally confirmed this Thursday, December 29, 2022 that the soccer star, whose name was Edson Arantes do Nascimento, died.
At 82, the star suffered from colon cancer and had been hospitalized for a month in a Sao Paulo hospital. According to his doctors, the disease progressed and Pelé had “kidney and heart dysfunction.”
As a child, Pelé moved to the interior of Sao Paulo, and as a teenager he joined Santos, a club from the port city of the same name where he began the career that would make him the only player in the world to win three times with his team (1958, 1962 and 1970).
A few days ago, sensitive images of the footballer saying goodbye to his relatives went viral.
Why did they call him Pelé?
To begin with, it must be said that the footballer did not like that nickname. In an interview with the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, he said: “My name is Edson. I really don’t like being called Pelé. I didn’t want that nickname, because it sounds like baby talk in Portuguese, while Edson sounds like Thomas Edison the inventor”.
It was the star’s uncle who named it that way. When he was a child who stood out with the ball, they found a resemblance to Belé, Brazil’s historic goalkeeper, who made a save in the epic ‘maracanazo’, that game in which Uruguay defeated Brazil in the 1950 World Cup.
Edson’s family found Pelé the best way to call him as he stood out at neighborhood soccer games as a youngster, who perhaps never dreamed of being recognized as the best Brazilian player of all time.
Rest in peace.
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