Sylvester Stallone Joins Millions in Mourning Saddening Loss Days Before New Year

Published 12/30/2022, 3:59 AM EST

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Unlike younger generation soccer fans, Rocky Balboa star Sylvester Stallone developed his interest in soccer by watching Pele. It’s harder for him to digest the fact that the legend with whom he hung out and appeared on the silver screen is no more in this world.

At the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, the 82-year-old took his last breath on Thursday. His friends must be recalling the picture of him playing an instrumental role on the pitch. The man who participated in four World Cups and won a record three of them lost the battle of life. Though the updates of his worsening health conditions were making headlines, folks were still expecting him to recover.


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He first went to the hospital in November following a respiratory infection. Later, he got to know that his colon cancer was progressing and was damaging his other organs. Medical help tried its best but could not save the sport’s first global icon and unfortunately, he passed away.


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What did Sylvester Stallone write after Pele’s demise?

Following his death, social media was abuzz with tribute posts for the late icon. People from all walks of life mourned his demise. His old friend, Stallone, posted a black-and-white picture on Instagram, where the icons were seen in healthier times.


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The caption reads, “PELE THE GREAT! Rest in peace! This was a good man.”

No doubt Pele was one of his kind. Despite being a global icon, he was simple and modest. Whoever came across him defined him as a warm-hearted, welcoming person.

Since Stallone got an opportunity to spend more time with him, so he knew him well. The duo acted in one of the best movies made about soccer ‘Escape to Victory’. The war drama was set around the second world war where captivators were given an opportunity to play a soccer match against the Nazi-led German National Team. The movie was released in 1981.

Off the pitch skills of Pele were praised, and the movie received critical acclamation.

What is your favorite thing about Pele as a player? Let us know in the comments below.

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Abhishek Singh


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Abhishek Singh is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Following the completion of his training as an amateur boxer, he is currently preparing to appear for trials at the state and national levels. With over 3 years of experience in playing the sport, Abhishek is also the holder of a Bachelor's in Arts degree from the University of Delhi.
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