Pele: Brazil great dies aged 82 after battle with cancer

Edson Arantes do Nascimento known as Pele, has passed away at aged 82. Pele who is the only player in history to win three World Cups died "due to the failure of multiple organs, a result of the progression of colon cancer associated with his previous clinical condition" said the hospital.

Pele's Twitter account posted: "Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pele, who peacefully passed away today. Love, love and love, forever."

The Brazilian Football Confederation said: "Pele was much more than the greatest sportsperson of all time.

"Our king of football was the greatest exponent of a victorious Brazil, who was never afraid when faced with difficulty. He promised his father a World Cup and he presented us with three.

"The King gave us a new Brazil and we are so thankful for his legacy. Thank you, Pele."

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, became a global star when, aged 17, he helped Brazil win the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, forcing his way into the starting line-up by the knockout stages.

In a poll conducted by BBC Sport in 2020, Pele was voted the greatest player, ahead of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Maradona and Johan Cruyff.

Before Christmas, his daughter has been making scary post that signal the inevitable from the hospital. Early on Thursday, there was a picture of pele's family spending their last moments with the great football Icon.

The Brazil Qatar 2022 team sent good wishes to Pele while he was in hospital