The Brazilian icon, the only player in history to win three World Cups, passed away at the age of 82 following a battle with cancer.
Tributes have been flooding in from the football world and beyond, with current Brazil superstar Neymar posting an emotional tribute to his icon on Instagram.
He wrote: ‘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. I would say before Pelé, 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!!’
Eight-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, considered alongside the likes of the late Pele and Diego Maradona to be the greatest footballer of all-time, added his condolences, simply saying: ‘Rest in peace Pele.’
England captain and Tottenham striker Harry Kane also paid tribute, writing: ‘Pele was a true inspiration and one of the greatest to ever play the game. Rest in peace.’
Three Lions and Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand said: ‘The legend who stood tallest among legends… always had time for everyone!
‘I had the pleasure of playing for him (charity match) and interviewing him – equally rewarding. The player, The man, The icon.’
Beyond the football world, former US President Barack Obama said: ‘Pele was one of the greatest to ever play the beautiful game.
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