Pictures: Soccer icon Pelé | Cable News Network

Pictures: Soccer icon Pelé | Cable News Network

Kyle Almond and Will Lanzoni from CNN reported:

According to a report by Kyle Almond and Will Lanzoni of CNN:

The legendary Brazilian football player, Pelé, who rose to international fame, passed away at 82 years old.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also known as Pelé, holds the unique distinction of being the sole individual to have emerged victorious in three World Cup tournaments.

At the young age of 17, he took part in the 1958 World Cup and scored two goals in the final against Sweden. He continued to impress in the 1962 and 1970 tournaments, captivating spectators with his impressive dribbling and scoring talents.

During a significant portion of his professional career, Pelé was a member of the Brazilian club Santos. Towards the end of his time as a player, he entered into a lucrative contract with the North American Soccer League and achieved a championship victory with the New York Cosmos.

He was named Player of the Century by FIFA in 2000, sharing the title with Argentinian legend Diego Maradona. To this day, many believe he is the greatest player ever.

Pelé once stated that he was destined to play football, much like Beethoven was meant to compose music and Michelangelo was meant to create art.