Tributes follow one another to pay homage to Pele, who passed away on Thursday, December 29 at the age of 82. Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo shared a sweet message on his Instagram account, stating in particular that “his memory will never be forgotten.”
King Pele passed away on Thursday, December 29, at the age of 82 after a life he devoted to one passion: football. Since the official announcement of the Brazilian’s disappearance, tributes to commemorate A-see? One of the greatest players in his sport.
Kylian Mbappé was one of the first people, on his Twitter account, to share a sweet message to the person he considered his friend and, perhaps, also, his model. The Santos icon had fans around the world, and the sporting world unanimously shared in boundless admiration for the genius of his era, a three-time World Cup winner.
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“An inspiration to many millions, a reference yesterday, today and forever”
Five-time Portuguese Ballon d’Or Cristiano Ronaldo did not lose sight of the Ballon d’Or celebration for which he was so admired and respected. On Instagram, CR7’s poignant message lets all the former United player’s feelings be filtered through:
“My heartfelt condolences to the whole of Brazil, and in particular to the family of Edson Arantes do Nascimento. A simple farewell to eternal King Pele will never be enough to express the pain the entire football world is currently embracing. An inspiration to millions, a signal yesterday, today and forever. The love you have shown me It was always mutual every moment we shared, even from a distance. He will never be forgotten and his memory will live forever in all of us football fans. RIP King Pele.”
The two men had a notable feud during the presentation of the 2008 FIFA Best Player award by the Brazilian, in January 2009 in Zurich. A moment the Portuguese wanted to immortalize by taking this photo in his honor on the social network.