Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi pay tribute to ‘eternal king’ Pele as Brazil icon dies aged 82


FOOTBALL superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both paid their own emotional tributes on hearing the news that Pele had died.

Argentina’s World Cup winner Lionel Messi posted a picture on Instagram of him with Pele with the message: “Rest in peace, @pele.”

Lionel Messi shared an image of him with Pele


Lionel Messi shared an image of him with PeleCredit: Instagram
Cristiano Ronaldo posted his tribute to Pele


Cristiano Ronaldo posted his tribute to PeleCredit: Instagram
Cristiano Ronaldo's message to Pele


Cristiano Ronaldo’s message to Pele


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It was posted with three photos, two of Messi with Pele, and one of the Brazilian icon celebrating his goal in the final of the 1970 World Cup against Italy.

Former Man Utd and Real Madrid star Ronaldo posted a picture of him receiving an award from Pele and wrote: “My deepest condolences to all of Brazil, and in particular to the family of Mr. Edson Arantes do Nascimento.

“A mere “goodbye” to the eternal King Pele will never be enough to express the pain that currently embraces the entire world of football.

“An inspiration for so many millions, a reference from yesterday, today, forever. The affection he always showed for me was reciprocal in every moment we shared, even from a distance.

“He will never be forgotten and his memory will live on forever in each of us football lovers. Rest in peace, King Pele.”

The three stars are widely considered among the greatest football stars ever, along with the late Diego Maradona.

Pele’s daughter Kely Nascimento broke the news of her father’s death on Sunday evening a final picture of the legend’s family holding his hand.

She wrote: “Everything we are is thanks to you we love you infinitely. Rest in peace.”

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Pele is the only player to win three World Cups
Pele is the only player to win three World Cups


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