Brazilian football legend Pele sadly passed away on Thursday after suffering with kidney and prostate problems in recent years. Pele had surgery to remove a tumour from his colon in September 2021 at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, after the tumour was detected in routine tests. He was readmitted to hospital in late November 2022.
Pele is credited with scoring a world record 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances during his 21-year career, including 77 goals in 92 matches for Brazil. He is the only player to win the World Cup three times, lifting the trophy in 1958, 1962 and 1970.
In 1998, when Manchester United opened the museum at Old Trafford, Pele was the man to open it, with legend Sir Bobby Charlton in attendance.
Pele opened the Manchester United museum in April 1998. pic.twitter.com/lWnkSkPWvh— Scott Patterson (@R_o_M) December 30, 2022
Pele was also the subject of a bid from United in 1968 but he turned us down to remain at his boyhood club, Santos.
The Brazilian legend was present at United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool in 2015, when Juan scored two goals and Steven Gerrard signed off his last performance against us with a red card a few seconds after being brought on, and was seen chatting with Louis van Gaal at the final whistle.