Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi lead football stars to pay tribute to Pele after his death

Pele has sadly passed away and many footballing stars – including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gary Lineker and the Brazilian Ronaldo – have paid tribute to the icon.

Recall Intel Region had earlier reported that Brazilian football icon Pele has passed away at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo following a battle with cancer.

Pele had been receiving regular treatment from doctors ever since undergoing surgery to have a tumour on his colon removed in September 2021.

The Brazilian has died following a battle with cancer. He was re-admitted to hospital last month and given palliative care before his passing was announced on Thursday. 

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Former Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, wrote “My deep condolences to all of Brazil, and in particular to the family of Edson Arantes do Nascimento. A mere “goodbye” to the eternal King Pelé will never be enough to express the pain that the entire football world is currently embracing.

“An inspiration to so many millions, a reference yesterday, today and forever. The love you always showed me was reciprocated in every moment we shared even from a distance.

Ronaldo added: “He will never be forgotten and his memory will live forever in each and every one of us football lovers. Rest in peace King Pelé.”

Messi was keen to offer his condolences to Pele’s family after his death. Argentina’s World Cup-winning captain posted two pictures of him and Pele at an awards ceremony, as well as photo from the legend’s playing days, in tribute. He added: “Rest in peace, Pele.”

Neymar lauded Pele for turning “football into art” and changing the face of the sport, as he led tributes from modern-day Brazil stars to the Selecao legend.

Thiago Silva, Casemiro and Richarlison are among the Brazil players who have also saluted Pele with heartfelt messages following his death on Thursday at the age of 82.

Neymar – who shares Brazil’s all-time goalscoring record with Pele – hailed one of the game’s greatest-ever players for leaving a lasting impact which transcended football.

“Before Pele, 10 was just a number. I’ve read this phrase somewhere, at some point in my life. But this sentence, beautiful, is incomplete,” Neymar wrote on social media.

“I would say before Pele, football was just a sport. Pele has changed it all. He turned football into art, into entertainment. Gave voice to the poor, blacks and mostly: gave visibility to Brazil. Soccer and Brazil have raised their status thanks to the King! He’s gone but his magic remains. Pele is FOREVER!!”

Brazil defender Thiago Silva described three-time FIFA World Cup™ winner Pele as “forever the king of football”.

“Rest in peace, Pele,” he added. “You have changed the history of football. Your legacy will always be in our hearts. Thanks for everything!” Manchester United midfielder Casemiro echoed Silva’s sentiments “Rest in peace, king Pele. Thank you for the glory you gave to Brazil and football. Your legacy is eternal,” he wrote on social media.

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