“Today We Celebrate His Legacy”: Pau Gasol and NBA All Stars Join the World Mourning the Demise of Brazilian Soccer Legend Pele

Published 12/30/2022, 7:50 AM EST

Last night, the world lost arguably the greatest soccer player of all time, Pele at 82. The Brazilian legend passed away after battling several cancerous tumors lately. His death shook the whole world and made them reflect on it. Among all of them, the NBA legend, Pau Gasol and other NBA All-Stars also joined in to pay homage to ‘The King’.

Following Pele’s death, a statement was updated on his social media handle to let the world know about his demise. It stated, “Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pelé, who peacefully passed away today. Love, love, and love, forever.”


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Moreover, shortly after the former Santos superstar’s death, his daughter, Kelly Nascimento, also gave a statement regarding her father’s death on Instagram. She said, “Everything we are is because of you. We love you infinitely. Rest in peace.”

Pau Gasol and other NBA All-Stars joined in to pay homage to Pele

Many notable names all across the globe joined in to pay homage to the ‘Black Pearl’. Among them, the basketball world also joined in to pay tribute.


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Pau Gasol, Jaylen Brown, and Rudy Gobert were the notable names that gave a farewell to the former Santos superstar. The two-time NBA champion, Gasol, tweeted the following statement shortly after the three-time World Cup winner passed away.

The 2021 NBA All-Star also wrote a few beautiful lines about ‘The King’ on his social media after his demise. Along with that, he posted some iconic photos of the former Santos superstar.

Lastly, among all the notable names, the Stifle Tower joined in paying homage. He tweeted, “Rest in Peace Pelé(emojis)”


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The unbelievable career of Pele

Pele is lauded by many as the greatest soccer player of all time. At 17 years of age in 1958, the ‘Black Pearl’ gave his homeland Brazil their first world cup. Following that World Cup win, he again gifted them the coveted golden trophy in 1962 and 1970. Thereafter, the three-time World Cup winner went on to become a soccer legend. Apart from getting his hand on the coveted golden trophy three times, the former Santos superstar also got the honor of being termed the Athlete of the Century in 1999 by the International Olympic Committee.

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Moreover, the ‘Black Pearl’ won the Brazilian league six times, along with winning both the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup twice, respectively. He also recorded 1,281 goals, including non-official matches in 1,363 appearances. Pele was truly a once-in-a-generation player who completely revolutionized the game of soccer.

And now, since he is not in this world anymore, may his soul rest in peace!



Ayush Roy

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Ayush Roy is an NBA writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Calcutta. Capitalizing his background in finance, Ayush likes to dive deep into the economics of the NBA.

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