According to Selesão legend Ronaldo Nazario, Pelé’s legacy will “carry on for generations” following the Brazilian great’s death on Thursday.
Israel’s Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo has confirmed that multiple organ failure caused the death of an 82-year-old man who was battling colon cancer in the last stages of his life.
Pelé was accompanied by his family before Christmas after being transferred to palliative care in early December when his body stopped responding to initial cancer treatment.
Tributes have poured in from numerous sports icons, clubs and organizations, after whose death many consider him the greatest footballer of all time.
Legendary striker Ronaldo has followed in the footsteps of the three-time World Cup winner and believes Pelé’s influence will never wane.
“Unique. Cool. Technical. Creative. Perfect. One of a kind. Where Pele came, there he stayed. Never leaving the top, he leaves us today,” Ronaldo, himself a two-time World Cup winner, wrote on Instagram.
“The king of football is only one, the greatest of all time. The world is mourning. The sadness of separation mingled with the immense pride of the written history.
“What an honor to follow you, my friend, your talent is a school that every player must go through. Your legacy will transcend generations. And that’s how it stays alive.
“Today and always we honor you. Thanks Pele. Rest in peace.”