Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and other superstars reacted on social media as the iconic Pele passed away at the age of 82.
Football lost a true legend in the form of the Brazilian on Thursday (December 29). He was the winner of three FIFA World Cups, the youngest scorer of a hat-trick in the World Cup, and holder of several records. He is a bonafide legend and is perhaps the greatest player ever to lace up a pair of boots.
The Brazilian was an inspiration to athletes across the globe, with legends such as Ronaldo and Neymar idolizing him as well.
Superstars across the globe paid tribute to the legend after tragic reports of his passing away broke out. Here are some of the heartfelt reactions across social media to Pele’s demise:
Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the highest goalscorer in the history of football. He passed Pele‘s tally of 757 after scoring a hat-trick against Cagliari while playing for Juventus. The Portuguese penned a heartfelt message after breaking the record as he wrote on Instagram (via GiveMeSport):
The former Real Madrid man paid his respects to Pele and his achievements as he wrote:
Ronaldo further expressed his joy and pride at breaking the Brazilian’s record as he wrote:
Ronaldo currently has 819 goals for club and country.
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