Football legend Pele passes away at age 82

Football legend Pele passes away at age 82

Daughter Kely Nascimento confirms 3-time World Cup winner's passing on Instagram

By Selcuk Bugra Gokalp

ANKARA (AA) - Brazilian Football legend Pele lost his fight to colon cancer and passed away at the age 82, his daughter, Kely Nascimento, announced Thursday on Instagram.

"Everything we are is thanks to you," Nascimento wrote in a post on her official account. "We love you infinitely. Rest in peace."

Seen as the greatest player of all time and even named "the greatest" by FIFA, Pele helped Brazil win a record three World Cups in 1958, 1962, and 1970.

Over his distinguished career, Pele netted 77 goals in his 92 caps for Brazil.

Nicknamed "the Black Pearl," he also holds the record of most career goals with 1,283 in 1,363 games, including friendlies.

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