Pele’s daughter Kely Nasicmento shared a poignant photo of her father bravely fighting right until the top just days before the Brazil legend’s death was confirmed. It was announced on Thursday evening that the three-time World Cup winner had lost his battle with colon cancer on the age of 82.
The world of football is now in mourning after losing one in all its most iconic figures. And his daughter took to Instagram after the news broke to jot down: “Every little thing we’re is due to you. We love you infinitely. Rest in peace.”
Kely and the remaining of Pele’s family had hung out with him in hospital in the times and weeks leading as much as his death. She provided an update a number of days ago when she wrote: “These moments are hard to clarify. Sometimes there’s numerous sadness and despair, other times we laugh and talk of fun memories.
“And what we learn most from all that is that now we have to search for one another, and hold tight. Only when it’s all value it. With all of it together.”
She had also praised the staff on the hospital helping Pele through his last moments. On Boxing Day she wrote: “To see our dad being treated by these care professionals, super competent and very caring. Not a moment goes by that we forget this privilege. Even in sadness we are able to only be thankful.”
Tributes are actually being paid from far and wide, with the entire world in agreement that Pele was one in all the best and most iconic players to have ever taken to a football pitch. Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker took to Twitter to jot down: “Pele has died. Probably the most divine of footballers and joyous of men.
“He played a game only a number of chosen ones have come near. 3 times he lifted essentially the most coveted gold trophy in that stunning yellow shirt. He could have left us but he’ll all the time have footballing immortality. RIP Pele.”
And England’s 1966 World Cup hero Geoff Hurst added his condolences, saying: “I actually have so many memories of Pele, doubtless the perfect footballer I ever played against (with Bobby Moore being the perfect footballer I ever played alongside). For me Pele stays the best of all time and I used to be proud to be on the the pitch with him. RIP Pele and thanks.”