Pele - 1940 - 2022 (Reuters)
Brazil will wake up today (Friday) to the first morning without its undisputed king, Pele.
The death of the legendary footballer who passed away yesterday at the age of 82 after a battle with cancer, made waves in the land of samba - and all over the world.
Pele's funeral procession is expected to take place later this week with the participation of tens of thousands, and another ceremony will be held in memory of the legendary player at Villa Balmeiro, the Santos stadium where he became a legend.
The funeral ceremony itself will be held with a limited presence of family members, but one thing is certain - along with the children of the legendary footballer, millions around the globe will cry.
The newspapers in Brazil this morning paid their last respects to the legendary footballer.
The Brazilian "Globo" was filled with exciting Spaniards this morning.
"Fela was a global brand long before the global era," one of them reads.
The greatest footballer in history made every corner of the globe his own, and became a revered figure in an era where the world seemed much bigger than it is today.
Pele's games were not broadcast around the world every week, his achievements were not given a platform on the Internet - and yet his influence was so enormous that he managed to win worldwide sympathy.
He was the perfect footballer, a role model athlete, synonymous with perfection, excellence.
He was a brand even before they knew how to brand."
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In the newspaper "Poleha de Sao Paulo" they wrote: "Fela illustrated the power of sports, and set new standards of fame. He used his position as a famous footballer all over the world to stop wars and prevent bloodshed. He changed football forever - but also the world. Edson Arantes de Nismento died yesterday, but not Pele. Like the Olympic gods, Pele has no age, no end. He is immortal. Pele will live forever, and will forever be remembered as the Brazilian who made humanity dream, through football."
In Argentina, Pele was also given full respect, and we reset, at least for a while, the historical discussions about the Brazilian's greatness compared to Diego Maradona.
"Football has lost its king," read the headline in "Ola".
"The news of Pele's death hit the whole world during the Christmas celebrations."
The Argentinian "Clarin" newspaper also dedicated particularly warm words to Fela.
"Thank you, Pela, for making football great.
Pele left behind generations of footballers who admired him and dreamed of being like him.
He will be remembered forever."
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The "AS" dedicated a special cover to Pele - with a special photo
"Ace" cover after Pele's death (photo: screenshot, from Twitter)
"Corriere dello Sport" cover
"Corriere dello Sport" cover after Pele's death (photo: screenshot, from Twitter)
The cover of "L'Equipe"
Cover of "L'Equip" after Pele's death (Photo: screenshot, from Twitter)
The cover of the "Liberation" newspaper
"Liberation" cover after Pele's death (photo: screenshot, from Twitter)
The cover of the Dutch newspaper "AD"
The Dutch "AD" cover after Pele's death (photo: screenshot, from Twitter)
Besides his enormous contribution to the industry while he was an active player, the king of football remained even in his last years an influential figure who is an integral part of the game and was a revered icon even for those who did not get to see him play.
A well-written legend in the history of football.
A player who will forever be remembered as a man who changed the face of the popular game in the world.