Ricketts disclosed that he was glad to be present at the National Stadium in 1975 when Pele captained the New York Star Comos team
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is mourning the death of famous Brazilian footballer Pele who died yesterday ay 82 years of age.
Pele is termed as the greatest footballer of all time. He had been suffering from colon cancer for over a year. In September last year, he underwent surgery to get rid of a tumor in his colon at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo. The disease was identified during routine tests. Later in November this year, he got readmitted to the hospital.
According to the president of the JFF Michael Ricketts, Pele is among the best footballers to have existed and he will be missed by many around the world. Ricketts disclosed that he was glad to be present at the National Stadium in 1975 when Pele captained the New York Star Comos team against an Allan ‘Skill’ Cole-led visiting team. Dennis Chung, the general secretary of the JFF, was also present in this match. He described Pele as the best player he has ever seen.
Generally, many viewed Pele as one of football’s greatest players. He spent almost 20 years surprising rivals and captivating fans as the game’s most productive goal scorer. He played for the Brazilian national team as well as the Santos football club.
Pele scored a total of 1281 goals in 1363 matches during his career that lasted for 21 years. He netted 77 goals in 92 appearances for Brazil. Furthermore, he is the only player who has bagged the World Cup Trophy thrice; in 1958, 1962 and 1970. In the year 2000, he was crowned FIFA’s player of the century.