Who says what after Brazilian football legend Pele died on Thursday at the age of 82:
“For Pele, ’10’ was just a number. I would say football was just a sport before Pele. He transformed football into an art, into entertainment.”
— Brazilian compatriot and current star Neymar.
“My friend of so many victories, titles and shared stories. He leaves an eternal, unforgettable legacy. The person who has stopped the world several times.
— Mario Zagallo, 91, a Brazil teammate in the 1958 and 1962 World Cup winning teams.
“The king of football has left us, but his legacy will never be forgotten. RIP KING.”
— French international striker Kylian Mbappé.
“He will never be forgotten and his memory will live on forever in all of us football fans. Rest in peace, King Pele.
— Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo
“Rest in peace, Pele.”
— Argentine World Cup winner Lionel Messi.
“Few Brazilians have carried the name of our country as far as he… He didn’t just play. He put on an all-encompassing show. Thank you, Pele.”
– Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
The king of kings has passed away. Extraordinary player. Unique. 3 times World Cup winner, over a thousand goals. My idol when I was young. He made football the beautiful game and truly international. My time playing alongside him in Escape to Victory was a dream come true. RIP Pele.”
— Former Argentina international Osvaldo Ardiles.
“With the death of Pele, football has lost one of its greatest legends, if not the greatest. Like all legends, the king seemed immortal.”
— Didier Deschamps, national coach of France.
“Pele was one of the greatest to ever play the beautiful game. And as one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, he understood the power of sport to bring people together. Our thoughts are with his family and all who loved him and admired him.”
– Former President of the United States, Barack Obama.
“Football has lost the greatest player in its history. Pele called me his brother. That was an unimaginable honor for me. Football will always be yours!”
— Former German international star Franz Beckenbauer who starred alongside Pele in New York Cosmos in the 1970s.
“With the passing of Pele, the world has lost a great sporting icon.”
— Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee.
“Pele’s name will forever be synonymous with sporting artistry and genius. His lasting influence on the sport of football is invaluable. Rest in peace, O Rei.”
— New York Cosmos, a former club of Pele in the 1970s.
“A sports legend. Rest in peace King Pele.”
— Athletics legend Usain Bolt.
“I have so many memories of Pele, without a doubt the best footballer I have ever played against (with Bobby Moore being the best footballer I have ever played with). For me, Pele remains the greatest of all time and I was proud to be with him on the field. RIP Pelé and thank you.”
– England 1966 World Cup winner Geoff Hurst
“The world mourns the greatest footballer in history and a great personality. He celebrated the match like no other. Dear Pele, I am deeply saddened and honor you and your life’s work. My sincere condolences to your family and friends.”
— Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter
“Pele had a magnetic presence and when you were with him the rest of the world stopped.”
— Current FIFA Chief Gianni Infantino
“Everything you see a player do, Pele did first. REST IN PEACE.”
— Manchester City striker Erling Haaland.
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