Augusta’s Morning News with John Patrick & Mary Liz Nolan

Augusta’s Morning News with John Patrick & Mary Liz Nolan

Augusta’s Morning News with John Patrick & Mary Liz Nolan

SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 07: Former Brazilian national footballer Pele attends a photocall at Sheffield United FC's Bramhall Lane stadium on November 7, 2007 in Sheffield, England. Pele (full name Edson Arantes Do Nascimento) is in the UK to attend a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of Sheffield United FC, the world's oldest football club, and its new links with Brazilian club Sao Paulo FC. Pele (full name Edson Arantes Do Nascimento) is in the UK to attend celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the world's oldest football club, Sheffield FC (currently in the Unibond Northern Premier League Division One South) and to promote the amateur club’s new links with Brazilian club Sao Paulo FC. Pele will also attend a special friendly match organised as part of the amateur club’s anniversary celebrations between Sheffield FC and Inter Primavera at Sheffield United’s Bramhall Lane stadium on November 8, 2007. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Soccer Great Pelé Has Died

SAO PAULO (AP) — Pelé, the Brazilian king of soccer who won a record three World Cups and became one of the most commanding sports figures of the last century, died Thursday. He was 82.

The standard-bearer of “the beautiful game” had undergone treatment for colon cancer since 2021. The medical center where he had been hospitalized for the last month said he died of multiple organ failure as a result of the cancer.

“All that we are is thanks to you,” his daughter Kely Nascimento wrote on Instagram. “We love you endlessly. Rest in peace.”

His agent, Joe Fraga, confirmed his death: “The king has passed.”

Widely regarded as one of soccer’s greatest players, Pelé spent nearly two decades enchanting fans and dazzling opponents as the game’s most prolific scorer with Brazilian club Santos and the Brazil national team.

His grace, athleticism and mesmerizing moves transfixed players and fans. He orchestrated a fast, fluid style that revolutionized the sport — a samba-like flair that personified his country’s elegance on the field. He carried Brazil to soccer’s heights and became a global ambassador for his sport in a journey that began on the streets of Sao Paulo state, where he would kick a sock stuffed with newspapers or rags.

Check out some of his historic moments in the pictures below. Read the full story here.

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