February 1, 2023

Brazilian football star Pele kisses the FIFA World Cup during its presentation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 6, 2010. The cup is being exhibited in numerous countries while on a tour before reaching South Africa for the FIFA World Cup tournament that will be held next June. AFP PHOTO/GABRIEL LOPES (Photo credit should read GABRIEL LOPES/AFP via Getty Images)

President Muhammadu Buhari joins world leaders in expressing grief over the death of Brazilian soccer legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele who died  on Thursday.

The world’s greatest ever football player succumbed to death after suffering a debilitating bout of cancer. He won three World Cups and scored over 1,281 goals, becoming the original football icon in a long career for which he was named the “Player of the Century” in the year 2000.

In a tribute to the football legend on behalf of all Nigerians, President Buhari said, “May he rest in peace. He led a good life and made a huge contribution to the development of global football in particular and world sport in general.

“He had an enormous generousity of spirit and humility despite his greatness as a footballer and sportsman. He also built bridges across nations, races and even religions. He was a UN Ambassador of goodwill. Pele is gone but the world will never forget him. RIP. “

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