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Brazil legend Pele dies aged 82 after battle with cancer

Pele, one of the greatest football players of all time, died at the age of 82.

The former striker, who is the only player in history to have won three World Cups, died of cancer at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo.

On Thursday, Pele’s official Twitter account posted: “King Pelé’s journey was marked by inspiration and love, and he died peacefully today. Forever, love, love, and love.”

Pele, Brazil’s joint all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 matches, became an icon of the game after winning the World Cup as a 17-year-old in 1958, scoring twice in the final to defeat hosts Sweden.

Pele scored 12 goals in 14 World Cup appearances.

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