Brazil dedicates World Cup win to ailing soccer legend Pele

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‘This victory is for him’: Vinicius Jr mentioned of win over South Korea devoted to Pele who’s hospitalised in Sao Paulo.

Brazil’s World Cup group has paid tribute to their nation’s footballing legend Pele by dedicating their 4-1 victory over South Korea to the ailing 82-year-old who’s receiving remedy for respiratory an infection at a Sao Paulo hospital and can also be present process remedy for colon most cancers.

The Brazilian gamers unfurled a big banner that includes Pele’s identify and an image of him in his footballing prime following Monday’s match towards South Korea at Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar. Brazil gained the match 4-1 and certified for the event’s quarter-finals.

Brazil’s supporters within the stands additionally unfurled an infinite banner with a get nicely quickly message for Pele, who’s extensively considered one of many best soccer gamers of all time and was a part of Brazilian groups that gained three of their 5 World Cup titles.

“It’s hard to talk about what Pele is going through right now but I wish him all the best,” Brazil’s star participant Neymar mentioned after the match.

“I hope he will be back in good health as soon as possible and that we could have at least comforted him with the victory,” Neymar informed Brazilian media outlet Globo.

An enormous banner with a message for Pele to ‘get well soon’ is unfurled within the stands at Stadium 974 on December 5, 2022. Brazil beat South Korea 4-1 [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Striker Neymar additionally revealed that he had feared the World Cup may be over for him after hobbling off in his first match in Qatar towards Serbia with a closely swollen ankle.

The world’s most costly participant needed to sit out his group’s final two matches as he obtained remedy.

“The night I got injured was very hard for me because I had a thousand things in my head — doubts, fears — but I had the support of my teammates and my family,” he informed reporters, saying he had cried that night.

“I had to find strength where there wasn’t any.”

Brazil’s Vinicius Jr opened the scoring towards South Korea after simply seven minutes on Monday and Neymar added one other objective from the penalty spot to move to 76 targets for his nation, leaving him only one away from equalling Pele’s all-time document tally.

Vinicius Jr devoted the victory over South Korea to Pele.

“He needs a lot of strength from us and this victory is for him, so that he can come out of this situation and that we can be champions for him,” he mentioned.

Brazilian footballing legend Pele (left) in motion in 1975 (File: AP Photo)

Richarlison gave Brazil their third objective within the 26th minute, and 10 minutes later, Lucas Paqueta put away their fourth objective.

It was a chastening expertise for the intrepid South Koreans, although Paik Seung-ho did put one objective away for his facet to finish the match 4-1.

Coach Paulo Bento confirmed after the match that he won’t renew his contract with South Korea and the defeat by Brazil could be his final with the Taegeuk Warriors.

“I just announced to the players and president of the Confederation this decision I made in September. This was a decision set in stone, and today I confirmed it,” he mentioned.

“I have to thank them for everything, they gave their best. I have been proud to be their manager,” mentioned Bento, who had been within the place since 2018.

“From now, we just have to think of the future, and it will not be with the national team for South Korea,” he mentioned.

Brazil are actually on account of face Croatia within the World Cup quarter-finals on Friday.

The Croatians beat Japan on penalties earlier on Monday after their last-16 tie completed 1-1.

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