The world's media lauds 'immortal' Pele after his death aged 82

‘Sadness has no end’: The world’s media lauds ‘immortal’ Pele after his death aged 82 and claim he’s ‘escaped to eternity’ – with Spanish paper AS posting just a picture of his FEET on their front page to honour his talent

    The death of Brazilian football icon Pele has made headlines in newspapers across the world on Friday.

    Pele died at the age of 82 on Thursday after the three-time World Cup winner’s battle with colon cancer.

    His passing has dominated front and back pages across the globe, with newspapers paying tribute to one of the sport’s greatest players of all time.

    Pele, widely known as the greatest footballer of all time has now passed away, following an extraordinary life

    Argentine publication Ole had a picture of Pele on their front page alongside the caption: ‘The world says goodbye to the king. At 82-years-old, Pele, one of the greatest players in history and the only one who won three World Cups.’

    Then they wrote as the headline: ‘Eternal goodbye. Sadness has no end.’

    Portuguese newspaper O Jogo had a picture of Pele’s famous overhead kick with the headline: ‘Escaped to eternity.’

    Super Deporte, a newspaper based in Valencia, Spain, mentioned that the Brazilian legend could have played for the LaLiga club in the city on their front page.

    They wrote: ‘Pele dies. A myth that won three World Cups and could have played in Valencia. King – immortal.’

    Spanish paper AS Sport simply posted a photo of Pele’s feet to honour his talent, while also calling him the ‘king’ of football. 


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    Pele has died at the age of 82 following his battle with colon cancer with the world of football in mourning for the Brazil legend

    Correio Braziliense had an outline of Pele’s head on their paper with the caption: ‘1940- eternal.’

    Underneath that they wrote a paragraph in tribute to the footballing icon, in which they said: ‘There will never be another like him. We will never forget that man who put Brazil in the pantheon of football. 

    ‘As long as there is football in this country, every player who wears the number 10 shirt pays homage to the genius who immortalized that number.’

    Spanish publication Marca wrote Pele in large letters with a small caption writing: ‘Never before have four letters been so big.’

    Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport said the Brazilian ‘gave happiness and enchanted the world.’

    Corriere dello Sport wrote: ‘The world mourns football legend Pele. The king is dead.

    ‘Three world titles with Brazil. A fantastic career of 1,281 goals. In 1970, the magic in the final with Italy.’ 

    Mundo Deportivo had a image of Pele looking up at a smaller image of him celebrating his success at the 1970 World Cup.

    They wrote: ‘Pele, the greatest legend in soccer history and the only three-time world champion, dead at the age of 82.’

    Croatian publication Vecernji List said that Pele ‘made football an art’ while French newspaper L’Equipe like many of the world’s press described him as the ‘king’. 

    The footballing world has also paid tribute to the Brazilian after his death on Thursday.

    Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Sir Geoff Hurst were among those to post their own tributes on social media. 

    The body of Pele, will be laid to rest at the home of Santos, where he enchanted the world.

    Pele, will go straight from the Albert Einstein Hospital to Estádio Urbano Caldeira in Vila Belmiro at dawn on Monday and the coffin will be placed in the centre of the pitch. The public wake is expected to begin at 10am.

    Pele (centre-right) celebrates Carlos Alberto’s stunning goal in the 1970 World Cup final

    Brazil legend Pele died at the age of 82 in hospital following a long battle with colon cancer

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