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Pele smiles for the cameras in 2014

He has been described as a genius, the best of the best, a player who gifted his skills to the whole world. Brazil legend Pele is the iconic sporting figure for a country that regards itself as the game’s spiritual home.

From Santos to three World Cup wins and New York Cosmos, here’s a look at his life in pictures.

A young Pele jumps into the net after scoring for Santos against Guarani of Paraguay in 1958
Pele (centre) reacts after Brazil beat Sweden to win the 1958 World Cup final
Pele embraces a team-mate after Brazil win the World Cup in 1962
Pele keeps goal during a Brazil training session at the 1966 World Cup
Pele exchanges shirts with England's Bobby Moore at the 1970 World Cup
Pele celebrates winning a third World Cup following Brazil's win over Italy in the 1970 final
Pele meets two-year-old Pele Jairzinho Johnson in London
Pele is carried off the pitch by his New York Cosmos team-mates after his final game in 1977
Pele and Sylvester Stallone on the set of the film 'Escape to Victory'
US President Bill Clinton meets Pele during a visit to Rio de Janeiro in 1997
Brazil legend Pele embraces Argentina legend Maradona in 2016
A Brazil fans holds a replica World Cup in front of a picture of Pele at at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
Rio's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue is illuminated in the colours of Brazil's national flag in tribute to Pele

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