"Unique friend": Franz Beckenbauer mourns ex-teammate Pelé
Created: 12/31/2022 06:13
By: Antonio Jose Riether
Pelé's death also provoked expressions of mourning in Germany.
Franz Beckenbauer, who played with the football legend, said goodbye with touching words.
São Paulo/Munich - You shaped football for decades and were even teammates.
Sports icon Pelé, who died on Thursday, and Franz Beckenbauer have a very special past in common.
Shortly after the Brazilian's death, the Emperor reacted to the death of his former team-mate and friend due to illness.
Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento)
Born: October 23, 1940 in Três Corações (Brazil)
Deceased December 29, 2022 in Sao Paulo
World titles: 3 (1958, 1962, 1970)
Caps for Brazil: 92 (77 goals)
The late Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer played together in the USA in 1977
At the age of 82, Pelé found eternal rest after a long battle with cancer.
Ultimately, the three-time world champion died of multiple organ failure in São Paulo, as the clinic announced shortly after his death.
There was also mourning in Germany, FC Bayern published reactions to Pelé's death in the evening.
The former striker, who scored an outstanding 503 goals in 493 games for FC Santos in his home country, ended his career in the USA.
He played for the New York Cosmos from 1975 to 1977, and in his final year the superstar at the time, Franz Beckenbauer, joined the team.
The Munich man is now mourning his ex-teammates.
Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer performing at the ZDF sports studio in the 2006 World Cup. © Martin Hoffmann/imago-images
Franz Beckenbauer about Pelé: "One who has always kept his feet on the ground
"Football lost the greatest in its history today - and I lost a unique friend.
Born in Três Corações, Pelé had three hearts: for football, for his family and for everyone," the 77-year-old was quoted as saying on FC Bayern's website.
Pelé was "someone who played with the stars and always stayed down to earth," said the honorary president of the German record champions.
“I went to the US in 1977 because I really wanted to play on a team with Pelé at Cosmos New York.
This time at his side was one of the greatest experiences of my career,” said Beckenbauer, who had won both the World and European Championships with the national team in previous years.
Franz Beckenbauer with emotional words to the deceased Pelé: "You will always stay"
Beckenbauer remembers in detail the time spent together with Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé's real name.
“We became US champions together right away, and Pelé then just called me his brother.
That was an unimaginable honor for me,” said the German soccer legend about his Brazilian counterpart.
“Football will be yours forever!
you will always stay
Thank you for your game, O Rei
(German king, editor's note)
!” he said goodbye to his companion, who succumbed to his health problems, with emotional words.
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Franz Beckenbauer: Emperor who is in poor health recently did not travel to the World Cup
Franz Beckenbauer has also been struggling with his health for some time.
Before the World Cup, the two-time world champion announced that he would not be traveling to Qatar due to his condition and even went into detail: an eye attack and heart problems have reduced his quality of life in recent years.
Most recently, just before Christmas, he appeared with his former player Andi Brehme, who shared private pictures with the Kaiser.