Pele no more: The Brazilian football legend’s life immortalised in pictures

A tribute to the Brazilian icon’s life through pictures.

Published : Dec 30, 2022 01:06 IST

Photo: Getty Images/Robert Cianflone

Brazilian football legend Pele passed away on December 29, 2022 at the age of 82.

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Pele, born on 23 October 1940, in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil, started his professional football career with Santos FC.

Brazil’s 17-year-old Pele weeps on the shoulder of goalkeeper Gylmar Dos Santos Neves after Brazil’s 5-2 victory over Sweden in the final of the 1958 World Cup in Stockholm, Sweden. It was Brazil’s first World Cup win and Pele finished the tournament with six goals, including two in the final.

In this photo taken on June 01, 1962 Brazilian forward Pele smiles as he poses for photographers in June 1962 in Vina del Mar, a few days before a World Cup quarterfinal match between Brazil and England. Pele was officially a part of the Brazil squad and bagged a goal and an assist in the first match against Mexico. However, he injured himself in the second match against Czechoslovakia, that ruled him out for the rest of the tournament.

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Brazilian football star Pele signing autographs outside the team hotel in Lymm, Cheshire, during the 1966 World Cup in England, July 1966. Brazil was knocked out by Portugal in the first round itself.

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In this photo taken on June 21, 1970 Brazilian forward Pele smiles as he holds aloft the Jules Rimet Cup after Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in the World Cup final in Mexico City. It is his third World Cup win and he still holds the record for being the only player to have three World Cup titles.


A HISTORIC MOMENT- Picture taken on November 19, 1969 shows Santos football player Pele preparing to score his 1000th goal from the penalty spot against Vasco de Gama at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

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French singer Mireille Mathieu (C), designer Daniel Hechter (Rear R) stand with Brazilian player Pelé and Algerian forward Mustapha Dahleb (2ndL) after making a ceremonial kick off during a match between the New-York Cosmos team and Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes on September 14, 1976.

Pele playing with Mohun Bagan football team in an exhibition match with his team, New York Cosmos.


In this photo taken on June 09, 2016 Former Argentinian football international Diego Maradona (L) and former Brazilian footballer Pele pose after a football match organised by Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot at the Jardin du Palais Royal in Paris on the eve of the Euro 2016 European football championships.

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Brazil players hold a banner showing support for former Brazil player Pele after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Brazil and South Korea at Stadium 974 on December 05, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.

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Brazilian football legend Pele passed away on December 29, 2022 at the age of 82.
Photo: Getty Images/Robert Cianflone
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