World of Formula 1 pays tribute to Pele after his death, aged 82

Pele presents trophy to Michael Schumacher. Brazil 2006 Credit: Alamy
Pele presents trophy to Michael Schumacher. Brazil 2006 Credit: Alamy

The world of Formula 1 has paid their respects to the legendary footballer, Pele, following his death at the age of 82.

Pele, a three-time World Cup winner and widely regarded as one of the greatest to have ever played the game, had been in hospital since late November and passed away on December 29 ‘due to the failure of multiple organs as a result of the progression of colon cancer’, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein said in a statement.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner attended several Grands Prix when the Formula 1 roadshow rolled into Brazil, taking part in official ceremonies.

In the moments after his death was confirmed by his daughter Kely Nascimento on Instagram, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali paid tribute to one of the all-time greats.

“Very sad to hear the news that Pele, one of greatest footballers ever has passed away,” Domenicali said.

“He was a shining light for Brazil and millions around the world. His skill, smile and brilliance will live on forever. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

Lewis Hamilton, whose connection with Brazil became even stronger when he was made a honorary citizen in November, also took to social media to express his love and admiration for Pele.

“Lost a legend today,” Hamilton said.

“Thank you for sharing your talent, genius and love with us. Pele’s legacy will inspire us forever and always.”

Brazil has now entered into three days of mourning following Pele’s sad passing.

A 24-hour wake will begin on Monday, followed by a procession through the streets of Santos on Tuesday in a route which will also include going past the home of his 100-year-old mother.

He will then be buried at the Ecumenical Memorial Necropolis cemetery in a private ceremony.

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