United saddened by the death of Pele

Thursday 29 December 2022 20:49

Everybody at Manchester United is saddened by the news that Brazil icon and friend of the club Pele has passed away at the age of 82.

Pele is credited with scoring a world record 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances during a legendary 21-year career. It featured 77 goals in 92 matches for his country and the Brazilian remains the only player to win the World Cup three times. 

United ambassador Sir Bobby Charlton has led the club’s tributes to his former opponent, long-time friend and fellow legend of world football. 

While they never met at domestic level, the two played against one another as internationals with England and Brazil at the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups, which were all won by Pele's side.

In a statement, Sir Bobby said: “Pele was a truly magical footballer and a wonderful human being. It was an honour to have shared a pitch with him and I send my sincerest condolences to his family, friends and the Brazilian people.”

Another member of the United Trinity, Denis Law, has also said: “This is very sad news indeed. Pele was an ­unbelievable footballer; he had style, grace, flair and made everything look so easy. The precision in the way he played made him such a joy to watch. However, more than anything, he was a good man with a great ­presence and a fantastic smile.”

Eric Cantona has previously honoured the Brazilian by comparing his football to great art. “An artist, in my eyes, is someone who can lighten up a dark room,” the Frenchman once said. 

“I have never and will never find the difference between the pass from Pele to Carlos Alberto in the final of the World Cup in 1970 and the poetry of the young Rimbaud. There is in each of these human manifestations an expression of beauty which touches us and gives us a feeling of eternity.”


See what the United squad is posting on Twitter in tribute to Pele...