Pele Passes Away: Jasprit Bumrah, VVS Laxman Leads Cricket Fraternity As Tributes Pour In

Last Update: December 30, 2022, 08:05 AM IST

Jasprit Bumrah and VVS Laxman paid tribute to Pele.

Jasprit Bumrah and VVS Laxman paid tribute to Pele.

Pele is the only footballer in history to have won three World Cups – in 1958, 1962 and 1970. He holds the world record for scoring 1,281 goals in 1,363 matches during a career spanning 21 years.

Football legend Pele breathed his last on Thursday. He was 82 and was considered the former wizard of the game who revolutionized the game. The Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo said in a statement that he died of “multiple organ failure” after a long battle with cancer, confirming the news from the legend’s family. The news broke. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman tweeted to pay their tributes. This is how the cricketers reacted.

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The world of football – from his former teammates to current stars – came together to honor “O Re” (The King) who changed the game during a long professional career that began when he was still were teenagers.

Brazilian star Neymar said Pele “turned football into an art form”, France’s Kylian Mbappe said his legacy “will never be forgotten” and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo called him an “inspiration to millions”. .

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Argentinian world Cup-winning captain Lionel Messi simply wrote: “Rest in peace.”

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro declared three days of national mourning, while President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is due to take office on Sunday, tweeted: “Thank you, Pele.”

Pele is the only footballer in history to have won three World Cups – in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

He holds the world record for scoring 1,281 goals in 1,363 matches during a career spanning 21 years.

He was in increasingly fragile health, battling kidney problems and colon cancer – the latter underwent surgery in September 2021, followed by chemotherapy.

His former club said a wake would be held on Monday, followed by a funeral on Tuesday in Santos, the southeastern city where he played the majority of his career.

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