MADRID, Dec. 29 (.) –
The PSG footballers, Neymar Junior, Lionel Messi and Kilian Mbappé, as well as the Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo, paid tribute to Edson Arantes do Nascimento, ‘Pelé’, considered one of the best in football history, after his death on Thursday at the age of 82 after suffering serious health problems since the end of November due to cancer.
Thus, his compatriot wanted to pay tribute to the Carioca star with some emotional words, with which he highlighted his eternal legacy. “I would say that before Pelé, soccer was just a sport. Pelé changed everything. He turned soccer into art, into a show. He gave a voice to the poor, to blacks, and above all: he gave visibility to Brazil,” he said. on his Instagram account along with several photographs next to the Brazilian star.
Neymar equaled Pelé as the top scorer in the history of the Brazilian team with 77 goals in the recent World Cup in Qatar 2022, although it did not help him take Brazil beyond the quarterfinals. The reactions among the best players in the world did not wait, also coming from PSG.
“The king of football has left us, but his legacy will never be forgotten,” Frenchman Kylian Mbappé said on his Twitter account, posting a black and white photo of himself with Pelé. Meanwhile, a recently crowned Messi in Qatar also fired the three-time world champion and soccer legend since he was 17 years old.
The Argentine used his Instagram profile to remember the former Santos. “Rest in peace, Pele,” he said. In addition, Cristiano Ronaldo also wanted to offer his deepest condolences “to all of Brazil”, remembering the legendary South American player as an “inspiration for so many millions” of people, while thanking him for the love he “always” showed him during his career. .
“A simple ‘goodbye’ to the eternal king Pelé will never be enough to express the pain that surrounds the entire football world at this moment. He will never be forgotten and his memory will live forever in each and every one of us football lovers” , wrote the Portuguese accompanying the text with a photo of both.