Abedi Pele Pays Tribute To Mentor Pele
Ghanaian football legend Abedi Ayew Pele has joined the world in paying tribute to deceased football star, Edison Arantes do Nascimento known as Pele.
In his tribute, he said Pele was his friend and mentor.
To Ayew Pele, Nascimento was “the greatest footballer to ever play the game” and whose name “Pele is synonymous with football”.
“Pele, as he was affectionately known, was a global icon who symbolised the beautiful game of football. He inspired millions of generational kids in his native Brazil and across the globe”, he said.
He added, “Personally, I was immensely inspired by his greatness, and to be likened to him and bear his iconic name throughout my playing time and beyond, is an absolute privilege and a priceless honour”.
Pele died at 82 on Thursday in a hospital in Brazil after battling cancer.
Pele’s name goes down in history books as the only player so far to win three World Cups- in 1958, 1962 and 1970- with Brazil.
In his lifetime and during his football career, he scored 77 goals in 92 games.
He was admitted to a hospital in November while the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament was in progress.
Brazil players paid tribute to him by holding up a banner with his name and picture after their last-16 win over South Korea.
A few days ago, doctors in the Sao Paulo hospital where Pele was seeking treatment announced his cancer had advanced.
His death was announced on his Twitter page by his daughter.
“Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pelé, who peacefully passed away today”, the post issued yesterday read.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini