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"Before Pelé, Football Was Just A Sport, 10 Was Just A Number" - Neymar Jr

Brazilian striker, Neymar Junior, has said the late football icon, Pele, gave value to football and the number 10 jersey.

Neymar who plies his trade for Paris Saint Germain made the remarks in his tribute to Pele following the death of the three-time World Cup Winner on Thursday. In a statement seen by Pindula News, Neymar said:

Before Pelé, 10 was just a number.

I’ve read this phrase somewhere, at some point in my life.

But this sentence, beautiful, is incomplete.

I would say before Pelé football was just a sport.

Pelé has changed it all.

He turned football into art, into entertainment.

Gave voice to the poor, blacks and mostly:

Gave visibility to Brazil.

Soccer and Brazil have raised their status thanks to the King!

He’s gone but his magic remains.

Pelé is FOREVER!!

The former Santos FC star, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time (GOAT), had been at the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital in Sao Paulo since 29 November.

A medical report just before Christmas showed that he needed care for cardiac and renal dysfunction, having been battling colon cancer since September 2021.

He died aged 82.

Pele – originally named Edson Arantes do Nascimento – began playing for Santos at the age of 15 and the Brazilian national team a year later, bursting onto the world football scene as a 17-year-old in the 1958 World Cup.

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18 Comments

Mboko 1 month ago

Why am I crying. Ndikutunda ndichibudisa misodzi😭😭😭


1 month ago

Dai Mwari wakiwanira nyasha

Mbokoguru 1 month ago

nguvai yaakazvarwa nguvai yaakazvarwa..... Leonard Dembo

Mbokolite 1 month ago

mweya wekunyunya saMessi wandibata Mweya wekugona ndiwo uzere

Merciless 1 month ago

Lionel Messi mutangi nemukwanisi wekutambwa kwenhabvu yemandorokwati Cr7 is a minor prophet but Diego Amando Maradona is a major prophet


Machiavelli 1 month ago

Kughona hongu Pele aighona Kasi waikundwa na George Shaya.


Ali Tinasheba albamohamed 1 month ago

That's our problem in the world
Munhu anozonyatso kukosha afa that's life
Even vasina mapix ako they will look for them


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soccer Fan 1 month ago

Taura zvako Neymar . Pele is the King of soccer. He is a hero to all black soccer players. His genious made them to be recognized. He played pa peak pe racism chaipo but achingova pedzera zvakadaro.


Cristiano 1 month ago

Diego maradona said Cristiano Ronaldo is the GOAT
pele said Cristiano is better than Messi
Iwe woti GOAT ndi Messi une uchitorwara pfungwa


LIONEL MESSI 1 month ago

cristiano monyepa imi maradona aisatomboda ronaldo aitoti messi is a GOAT even ibrahimovic anodaro futi and messiarikupiwa super barlon do'r 🇦🇷

a gift 1 month ago

Rest In Peace Pele, a gift to mankind


RURAL GOAT 1 month ago

It's just a matter of time age, otherwise i will show you how talented i am, come to my rural and see how i dribble and juggle chikweshe nevafana


Proud to be black and African 1 month ago

May Pele's Soul rest in Eternal peace . He proved the whole world that blacks are the most talented race , once natured and groomed well .


Mr realbud 1 month ago

RIP Pele one of the greatest players ever although you are not the best of all time


Zvenyika Makonese 1 month ago

ko afa ndi Ronaldo hr kana kti Messi zvamaakutinyaudza ne off topic


1 month ago

The Problem with some of us is that we're running away from the major topic which via this platform we should pass our condolences to our blackman who changed the the Futbal from a minor thing to a better oriented one ....ZvaMessi na Cr7 handiwo musoro we Article plzz
& there u're comparing 2 guys who play on different positions @ different times and different occasions.


lix 1 month ago

go well GOAT


Pele 1 month ago

What am not a goat hey u mother ****er


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