Arguably the greatest footballer of all time, he is the only player to have lifted the World Cup three times, winning the sport’s biggest prize in 1958, 1962 and 1970.
Pelé has faced health problems in recent years and spent Christmas in hospital after being readmitted in late November.
The 82-year-old man died Thursday. “due to the failure of multiple organs, a consequence of the progression of colon cancer associated with his previous clinical condition,” according to a statement from the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo.
On Thursday night the Wembley arch was dyed yellow and green in his memory, as football mourned a true icon.
In 2018, Pelé tweeted: “I don’t have many regrets as a footballer, but I wish I could have played at Wembley, even once, even in a friendly.”