The football world is in mourning after it was announced that Brazilian legend Pele had died at the age of 82 – prompting reaction on social media from Raphinha, Leeds United and the club’s players including Tyler Adams.
Pele died at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo having been first admitted towards the end of November. Considered one of the best to ever play the game, Pele had been battling colon cancer since September 2021.
Now, his agent and daughter have confirmed his death. Fitting that a World Cup legend such as Pele, who won the competition three times – the only player to achieve that – managed to hold on until after the latest tournament.
The footballing world reacted on social media after it was announced that Pele had passed. Leeds posted their own tribute on Instagram, labelling him “The Greatest”. They sent on their best wishes to Pele’s family and loved ones.
How Raphinha and Leeds reacted to Pele death on social media
Pele enjoyed a wonderful career, winning the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and then again in 1970. Despite never actually playing in Europe, Pele is still regarded as one of the greatest of all time – up there with Diego Maradona.
He played for Brazilian side Santos for 18 years, scoring a quite ridiculous 643 goals in 659 games. Then, he went to America to play for New York Cosmos – scoring another 66 goals in 107 games. In 92 Brazil caps, he scored 77.
Remarkable numbers and given his incredible three World Cups, quite rightly remembered as one of world’s best-ever. The original, greatest of all time. Raphinha, who played for Brazil in Qatar, posted an emotional message.
His message is translated as: “Everyone’s dreamed of being Pelé. Football is mourning the departure of the greatest of all and we regret his departure. Immortal! Rest in peace King.”
Leeds players such as Tyler Adams also responded with a post on social media.