SAO PAULO, Dec 31 — Some of Brazilian soccer legend Pele’s previous crew mates on Friday remembered him as the greatest participant of all time, as they mourned his loss of life and celebrated his legacy.
Gerson and Pepe, who played with Pele in Environment Cup-successful Brazil sides, explained the only male to get a few World Cup trophies as a player from a different earth, who was also a fantastic dude off the pitch.
Pele, whose comprehensive identify was Edson Arantes do Nascimento, died on Thursday at 3:27pm local time (18:27 GMT) due to a number of organ failures resulting from the progression of colon cancer, in accordance to Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Clinic. He was 82.
Brazil has declared a few times of mourning to lament his passing, with world-wide leaders, fans and friends having to pay their respects to the sports activities icon.
Gerson, who gained the 1970 Environment Cup with Brazil alongside Pele, advised Reuters in an job interview from his dwelling in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, that taking part in with him “was recognizing that victory would appear.
“He was the very best, the king of soccer. Edson Arantes do Nascimento has died, but Pele is everlasting,” mentioned 81-yr-old Gerson. Both he and Pele scored in the 1970 ultimate, when Brazil thrashed Italy 4-1 to clinch their third entire world title.
Jose Macia, nicknamed Pepe, participated in the prior two tournaments in 1958 and 1962, and also performed with Pele for club side Santos. He praised his former crew mate as 1 of a form, whose capabilities will hardly ever be viewed again.
“I joke that his mother threw away the system she made use of to create him. There will by no means be anyone like him,” stated Pepe, 87, in an interview at his household in Socorro, a small city in the vicinity of Sao Paulo.
“Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Maradona are all extraordinary, amazing gamers, but they are human. Pele was not human, he arrived from Saturn.”
Gerson went additional: “Is there any area more than Saturn?” he questioned. “If so, that is the place he arrived from”. — Reuters