The images of the “King”, who died this Thursday at the age of 82, are looping on televisions around the world, flooding social networks and engulfing the front pages of newspaper websites, before their publication.
Pelé is dead, but Pelé is ‘immortal’: media around the world hail the legendary Brazilian who died aged 82 on Thursday, unique winner of three World Cups and who gave the “futebol” its hours of glory and letters of nobility.
“Mourning” for the “immortal king of football”, headlines the Brazilian daily O Globo on his site, with images of the player in the national jersey, in particular the iconic one, where all smiles, he raises his right arm, worn by his teammate Jairzinho seen from the back with his number 7. For its paper edition, the Brazilian daily decided to publish four covers that pay tribute to the greatest player of all time.
“Pelé is dead, football loses its king”, title O Estado de S. Pauloa man who according to the Folha de Sao Paulo “showed the power of sport and pushed the boundaries of stardom”.
In Argentina, country of Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi, who are also applying for the unofficial title of best player of all time, Clarin sees Pelé as “football’s first great star”, a “great among the greats.”
“The ball cries: Pelé is dead”, headline Ole. And the Argentine sports daily is a good player: “Beyond the rivalry that exists between Argentina and Brazil, no one can doubt that Pelé was one of the greatest footballers in history, for many the best. beyond Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi. What is certain is that he marked an era since his teenage debut, both with Santos and the Brazil national team”.
“A player who offered his talent to the whole world”
Still in Latin America, the Mexican press favors the image of “Rei” celebrating his third world title in 1970, at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City, carried by his teammates, shirtless and wearing a sombrero. “Football is in mourning”, headline Universal. In Ecuador, The Universe of Guayaquil says “farewell to Pelé, the ‘supernatural footballer'”.
In the United States, a country much less focused on king sport, New York Times evokes the disappearance of the “global face of soccer”, which “helped to popularize this sport in the United States”, during his stay at Cosmos New York (1975-1977).
In the United Kingdom, where the sport that Pelé sublimated into art was invented, The Guardian pays tribute to “a player who offered his talent to the whole world.” the Daily Star sees in him the “real” GOAT, the greatest of all time.
In France, Releasealways watched for its front page during the deaths of personalities, offers a surprising photo: we see Pelé on a field, in shorts and shirtless, but a long coat placed on the shoulders, and looking back (photo taken in Liverpool in 1966 after a Brazil-Portugal).
The Team, who is used to very beautiful covers (after the death of Cruyff then that of Maradona, in particular) also decides to pay full-page homage to Pelé, with a title which summarizes the career of the player: “He was a King.”