Black Immigrant Daily News
Reactions poured in from around the world to the death of Brazilian football legend Pele. He died of cancer in Brazil at age 82. His grace, athleticism and mesmerizing moves transfixed players and fans.
“A simple goodbye to the eternal King Pel? will never be enough to express the pain that hits the entire world of football at this moment. An inspiration for so many millions, a reference of yesterday, today, always. The affection he has always shown for me was reciprocal in every moment we shared, even at distance. He will never be forgotten and his memory will last for ever in each and everyone of us football lovers. Rest in peace, King Pel?.” — Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese football star.
“Your place is on God’s side. My eternal king. Rest in peace.” — 1970 World Cup winner Roberto Rivellino and teammate of Pele on the Brazilian national team.
“Before Pel?, ’10? was just a number. I read that somewhere at some point in my life. But that line, beautiful, is incomplete. I would say that before Pel? football was just a sport. Pel? changed everything. He transformed football into art, entertainment. He gave voice to the poor, to the Black and above all he gave Brazil visibility. Football and Brazil elevated their standing thanks to the King! He is gone, but his magic will endure. Pel? is eternal!” — Brazilian football star Neymar.
“I had the privilege that younger Brazilians didn’t have: I saw Pel? play, live, at Pacaembu and Morumbi (stadiums). Play, no. I saw Pel? give a show. Because when he got the ball he always did something special, which often ended in a goal. I confess that I was angry with Pel?, because he always massacred my Corinthians. But, first and foremost, I admired him …. Few Brazilians took the name of our country as far as he did.” — Brazil’s President-elect Luiz In?cio Lula da Silva.
“Pel? was one of the greatest to ever play the beautiful game. And as one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, he understood the power of sports to bring people together. Our thoughts are with his family and everyone who loved and admired him.” — Former President Barack Obama.
“The king of football has left us but his legacy will never be forgotten. RIP KING.” French player Kylian Mbapp?.
“With the death of Pel?, football has lost one of its greatest legends, if not the greatest. Like all legends, the King seemed immortal. He made people dream and continued to do that with generations and generations of lovers of our sport. Who, as a child, didn’t dream of being Pel??” — Didier Deschamps, former player and manager of the French national team.
“It will be very difficult to find another Pel?. Pel? had everything a player should have. Agile, jumped like no one, could kick with both legs, physically very strong and brave. There was no one like Pel?.” — Cesar Luis Menotti, Argentine coach and Pele teammate in the Santos football club in Brazil.
“Today football says goodbye to its most beautiful chapter. The man who charmed the world and changed the history of the game forever. You will always be the greatest, because 60 years ago, with all the difficulties you faced, you already did what only a few can do today. The man who dedicated his 1000th goal to children and made our country discover it could be much more.” – Brazil player Richarlison.
“Thanks for his flair and his class. He left a mark even on the generations who weren’t lucky enough to see him play. Today the whole world mourns a legend named Pele.” – Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.
“Pele has died. The most divine of footballers and joyous of men. He played a game only a few chosen ones have come close to. 3 times he lifted the most coveted gold trophy in that beautiful yellow shirt. He may have left us but he’ll always have footballing immortality. RIP Pele.” – Former English player and broadcaster.