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    Pele dies: ´Edson stopped a war and spread love´ – tributes pour in for Brazil great

    Pelé has been praised for his work on and off the pitch since his death at the age of 82.

    The death of the great Brazilian was confirmed by his family on Thursday after a period spent in the hospital, where he was transferred to the palliative care unit in early December.

    Widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, Pelé remains the only player to have won the World Cup three times in his storied 21-year career.

    Pelé’s death generated a lot of publicity on social media, not least on his own official accounts.

    A message posted on the former Santos and New York Cosmos forward’s Instagram account, believed to be run by close family members, said: “Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pele,

    “In his journey, Edson enchanted the world with his athletic genius, stopped war, carried out social work around the world, and spread what he most saw as the cure for all of our problems: love.”

    Pelé, full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, ended his playing career with the New York Cosmos in 1977 and later lent his name and influence to many philanthropic initiatives.

    His daughter Keli Nascimento previously paid a heartfelt tribute in a message accompanied by a photo of her and other family members holding Pele’s hands.

    “Everything we have is thanks to you. We love you endlessly. Rest in peace,” she wrote.

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