Football icons and political leaders pay tribute to Pele


Over 10 hours after the death of reknown football icon “Pele” many people have come out to give their condolences to the departed hero who once ruled the 20th century.

Football and great political figures have come out in public to share their grief and to condole with the family and Brazil as a country. With the latest one being, the prime cabinet secretary Of Kenya, Hon. Musalia Mudavadi has remembered the great man as one of his time.

Here are what others had to say

Neymar’s tribute to Pele

“Before Pelé, 10 was just a number. Before Pelé, football was just a sport. Pelé changed it all. He turned football into art, into entertainment. He gave voice to the poor, to the blacks and especially to Brazil.”

“Pelé is FOREVER!”

Diego Simeone:

“Sadness for the world of football for the death of Pelé, one of the best in the world, a great personality. We didn’t watch him play because we were young, but we did see videos. Strength to his family.”

FCPA Fernandes Barasa via facebook

“The footballing world has lost a legend who has inspired generations of footballers. His memories will last with us forever.

Rest In Eternal Peace Edson Do Nascimento Pele.”

Hon Musalia Mudavadi via facebook.

“The world has lost an icon today.

Rest in peace to Edison Arantes do Nascimento, better known to the world as “Pele”.

Pele was a phenomenon that shaped football for generations and will continue to inspire generations to come.

Pele is the only player to have won three World Cups and will forever be remembered as one of the greatest players to have ever kicked a ball.”

Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskás on Pele:

“The greatest player in history was Di Stefano. I refuse to classify Pele as a player. He was above that.”

Raila Odinga via Facebook

What a loss for humanity. Pele was a great and charismatic personality who changed football forever. He deserves credit for the entertaining matches we’ve come to expect. In many ways, he was the best and a pioneer. He’ll be dearly missed. Pele, Rest in Peace.

President Ruto via Facebook

Pele made millions of young boys in the Global South to dream.

His profile as a Global icon of sporting excellence and high athletic achievement was an inspirational model which encouraged young men to transcend their limitations and defy all economic, social, cultural and political barriers.

His legacy extends beyond the soccer pitch, the goals he scored and all his other exploits beyond soccer itself where his charisma and talent made wonderful things possible to authentic global leadership of a unique, talismanic kind.

May his soul rest in peace.


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