Brazilian legend, Pele, who died on Thursday, had congratulated Lionel Messi-led Argentina for winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on December 18.
Recall that Pele’s family announced his passing on Thursday evening in a post via the football icon’s official Instagram account.
The football icon is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
The 82-year-old had been receiving regular treatment from doctors ever since undergoing surgery to have a tumour on his colon removed in September 2021.
Pele was readmitted to hospital towards the end of 2022.
However, on December 18, 2022, Pele, on his Instagram page, shared a photo of the Argentina national team celebrating with the FIFA World Cup trophy at Lusail Stadium in Qatar after beating France in the final.
The former Minister of Sports of Brazil also wrote: “Today, football continues to tell its story, as always, in an enthralling way. Messi winning his first World Cup, as his trajectory deserved. My dear friend, Mbappé, scoring four goals in a final.
What a gift it was to watch this spectacle to the future of our sport. And I couldn’t fail to congratulate Morocco for the incredible campaign.
It’s great to see Africa shine. Congratulations Argentina! Certainly Diego is smiling now.”
Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo react to death of pele
Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, on Thursday night reacted to the death of Brazil legend, Pele.
Recall that Pele’s family announced his death in a post via the football icon’s official Instagram account on Thursday.
Pele had been receiving regular treatment from doctors ever since undergoing surgery to have a tumour on his colon removed in September 2021.
The 82-year-old was readmitted to hospital towards the end of 2022.
Reacting, Messi, in a post via his Instagram account posted a picture of him and Pele in a suit and wrote: “Rest in peace, @pele.”
On his part, Former Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, wrote “My deep condolences to all of Brazil, and in particular to the family of Edson Arantes do Nascimento.
A mere “goodbye” to the eternal King Pelé will never be enough to express the pain that the entire football world is currently embracing.
“An inspiration to so many millions, a reference yesterday, today and forever. The love you always showed me was reciprocated in every moment we shared even from a distance.
He will never be forgotten and his memory will live forever in each and every one of us football lovers. Rest in peace King Pelé.”
Pele is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.