Tribute to the god of football - Pele (1940-2022)

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 It is no longer breaking news that Edson Arantes do Nascimento aka Pele the football/soccer god breathed his last on the 29th day of December, 2022. Although he retired from playing football in 1977 before some of us were born, I can remember vividly how the first player I associated with the wonderful game was Pele and to show my last respect, I am writing this tribute to the Legend himself. After all, what would the Sports Health Column of a Blog  be without acknowledging the amazing contribution of this Maestro to the wonderful game of football? 


Oh great Pele, with a reported 1,283 goals in 1,363 games for country and club sides, and amongst other trophies, 3 FIFA World cups to crown it all, you signed your signature on the memory plates of those who were opportune to watch you live; changed the destiny of Samba forever and whispered your name into the ears of unborn foetuses even before they were birthed and eventually grew to love the game.

You manifested your own manual for the number 10 position; redefined the meaning of dribbling during the wonderful game of football and took style on the field of play to a stratospherically different level. If anyone was going to live their dreams until they became reality on the football pitch and beyond, then it had to be started by you, the one and only Pele!!!

Complications relating to progression of colon (large bowel) cancer might have resulted in your physical body going the way of all the earth but as long as football/soccer continues to exist, the potency of your legacy will increasingly grow stronger and your name mentioned by many generations to come, of lovers of the great sport ⚽!!! Rest in strength Legend.

By Dr Oghenekevwe Daniel Ogidigben

Editor-in-chief  - "Dr Kevwe's Blog"

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