World Cup 2022: Neymar Leads Brazil Stars in Paying Heartwarming Tribute to Pele

World Cup 2022: Neymar Leads Brazil Stars in Paying Heartwarming Tribute to Pele

  • Brazil's World cup round of 16 encounter with South Korea was an emotional affair for Tite's men
  • The tie ended in a 4-1 win for the Selecao as they set up a crunch quarter-final meeting with Croatia
  • The South Americans used the occasion to send their best wishes to football icon Pele, who is currently hospitalized
  • Pele is said to be on end-of-life care after he reportedly failed to respond to chemotherapy treatment for his bowel cancer

Neymar led his Brazil teammates on Monday night, December 5, in paying a heartwarming tribute to football legend Pele.

Pele is currently hospitalised back home in Brazil, with reports claiming the football icon was moved into palliative care as he is no longer responding to chemotherapy.

Brazil, Pele, FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022, South Korea, Stadium 974, Neymar.
Brazil players show sympathy for Pele during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Brazil and South Korea at Stadium 974. Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali.
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According to Goal, the 82-year-old has been undergoing treatment for bowel cancer since 2021 but will no longer undergo any further invasive tests as he is in end-of-life care.

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Pele made a name for himself in the world of sports as a teenager when he led Brazil to World Cup glory in 1958.

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And with the 2022 edition of the global football showpiece ongoing in Qatar, fans and players have used the occasion to send their best wishes to Pele.

Brazil pay tribute to Pele

Neymar and his Brazil teammates were no exception, with the South American contingent sparing a moment to pay tribute to their football icon.

The PSG star brought out a Pele banner shortly after their win against South Korea on Monday night in a heartwarming gesture.

Neymar, who has ben out injured for a while, was back in action for the Samba Boys against South Korea in the round of 16 clash.

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The tie ended in a 4-1 win for Tite's charges, with Vinicius Jr, Neymar, Richarlison, and Paqueta all scoring for the World Cup favourites.

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Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Rio Ferdinand has named Brazil as the only side that can stop England from winning the 2022 World Cup.

England have been impressive so far in the competition, with the Gareth Southgate-tutored side comfortably in the quarters.

The Three Lions finished top of Group B before setting up a mouthwatering clash against Senegal in the round of 16.