Grammy-winning Afrobeats musician Burna Boy has responded to football star Pele’s passing. According to reports, Pele, a legendary player in Brazilian football, spent his final days in the hospital at Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Israelita Hospital before Christmas. He was 82 years old. The three-time World Cup champion battled cardiac problems and other illnesses until retirement.
Burna Boy responded to Pele’s passing on his social media page by writing, “RIP Pele. A man with a strong legacy that will be remembered FOREVER. Legends Never Die they are always Remembered in the hearts of the People.”
A man with a strong legacy that will be remembered FOREVER. 🕊️❤️
Legends Never Die they are always Remembered in the hearts of the People. pic.twitter.com/TDb5tVKVhG
— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) December 29, 2022
Pele, a forward who subsequently switched to attacking midfield, spent most of his club career with Santos, a legendary Brazilian team, for whom he scored 643 goals in 659 appearances between 1956 and 1974. The next three years of his career were spent in the United States with the New York Cosmos, where he played 107 games and scored 66 goals.
Pele gained his name in football by playing for Brazil, where he scored 77 goals in 92 games and won the FIFA World Cup three times, a record. For the icon who has continued to make millions of football fans and admirers of the beautiful game across the world smile, prolific is an understatement. Pele rose to fame at 17 in the 1958 World Cup, being the youngest player to score in a final when he scored twice in the 5-2 victory over Sweden. He shared the FIFA Player of the Century title with Argentina icon Diego Maradona in 2000.