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Brazilian soccer star Pelé dies at 82

Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) Edson Arantes do Nascimento, 'O Rei' Pelé, considered by many to be the most transcendental soccer player in history, passed away on Thursday after harsh battle against colon cancer.

Accompanied by his family at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, the Brazilian soccer star, three times world champion, died at the age of 82, leaving behind an impressive legacy for future generations.

Condolences from around the planet have been offered for his death. Pelé, the great icon of Brazilian sports and Santos club headed towards eternity.

Santos Club, from where Pelé rose to world stardom, decided to change its crest and include a crown in his honor.

To put Pelé´s dimension and talent into perspective, it is necessary to quote his teammate Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade ‘Tostao’ over and over again: I think Pelé was better than all others, there is no point of comparison.

Diego Maradona was spectacular, but he was not at Pelé’s level physically, he did not score the number of goals that Pelé scored. Lionel Messi is spectacular, but he doesn’t head the ball like Pelé did, he doesn’t shoot as well with both legs. Cristiano Ronaldo is an exceptional footballer, but he doesn’t have the skill Pelé had and he doesn’t make the incredible passes that Pelé did.

If we take Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi´s qualities and combine them, then we will have a player to compare with Pelé!, he stressed. pll/lam/yas

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