RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Who is saying what behind the Brazilian football legend Pele passed away on Thursday at the age of 82:
“Before Pele, ’10’ was just a number. I would say that before Pele, football was just a sport. He turned football into art, into entertainment.”
– Brazilian compatriot and now international star Neymar.
“The king of football has left us but his legacy will never be forgotten. RIP KING.
– French international striker Kylian Mbappe.
“He will never be forgotten and his memory will live on in our hearts forever. Rest in peace, King Pele.”
– Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo
“Rest in peace, Pele.”
– Argentinian World Cup champion Lionel Messi.
“With Pele’s death, football has lost one of its most beautiful, if not the most beautiful, legends. Like all legends, the King seems to be immortal.”
– France national team coach Didier Deschamps.
“Very few Brazilians have taken the name of our country as far as he has… He doesn’t just play. He did his best. Thank you Pele.”
— Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
“Pele is one of the greatest players to ever play a beautiful game. And as one of the most famous athletes in the world, he understands the power of sport in bringing people together. Our thoughts are with his family and all those who loved and admired him.
– Former US President Barack Obama.
“Football has lost the greatest player in history. Pele calls me brother. It was an incredible honor for me. Football will always belong to you!”
– Former German international star Franz Beckenbauer, who played with Pele at the New York Cosmos in the 1970s.
“With Pele’s passing, the world has lost a great sporting icon.”
— President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach.
“Pele’s name will forever be synonymous with sportsmanship and genius. His long-term impact on the sport of football is beyond measure. Rest in peace, Rei.”
— New York Cosmos, an old club of Pele in the 1970s.
“A sports legend. Rest in peace King Pele.”
– Athletics legend Usain Bolt.
“I have so many memories of Pele, without a doubt, the best player I have ever faced (with Bobby Moore being the best player I have ever played with). For me, Pele is still the greatest player of all time and I am very proud to play with him. RIP Pele and thank you.
— 1966 World Cup-winning England team Geoff Hurst
“The world mourns the greatest footballer in history and a great personality. He celebrated the match like no other. Dear Pele, I am deeply saddened and honor you and your life’s work. My sincerest condolences to your family and friends.”
– Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter
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