President Buhari mourns soccer legend, Pele

President Buhari mourns soccer legend, Pele

By Ismaila Chafe, Abuja.


President Muhammadu Buhari has joined world leaders in expressing grief over the death of Brazilian soccer legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pele.


The world’s greatest football player succumbed to death on Thursday after suffering from colon cancer.


Pele, whose country, Brazil won three World Cups, scored over 1,281 goals in his career, thereby becoming the world’s greatest football icon in a cherished career, which earned him the FIFA award of the “Player of the Century” in 2000.


Buhari, in a tribute to the football legend on behalf of all Nigerians, 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 generosity of spirit and humility, in spite 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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