Pele: Mike Tyson, Snoop Dogg share memories of departed Brazil star

Pele: Mike Tyson, Snoop Dogg share memories of departed Brazil star

Martin Moses
  • Mike Tyson and Snoop Dogg recently shared their opinion on late football icon Pele
  • The Brazil icon passed on Thursday, December 29 after a lengthy battle with cancer
  • Heartfelt tributes have continued to shower in for the three-time World Cup winner

Legendary boxer, Mike Tyson has taken time to relive some of the memories he shared with Brazil football icon Pele.

The football great lost his battle against colon cancer on December 29, bringing to an end the life of one of the greatest players of all time.

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Brazilians gather to mourn on December 29 outside the Vila Belmiro Stadium where football legend Pele started his career. Photo by Fernanda Luz.
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Tyson revealed that he first met Pele when he was 21 years old. The Baddest Man on the Planet was speaking on his podcast Hotboxing with Mike, alongside hip hop and rap star Snoop Dogg.

Snoop placed Pele in the same category as Muhammad Ali, as some of the greatest sports players in history.

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"There's Ali, Pele. He up there will Ali, man. That's Pele, man, knock it off," he said as quoted by Marca.

Pele: the world in mourning

The news of the passing of Brazilian soccer legend Pele sent the world at large into a state of mourning. He lost the battle to illness after weeks of hospitalisation in Sao Paulo.

The news of his death was confirmed by his daughter Kely Nascimento on Instagram, and the rest of the world took it from there, with the hashtag 'RIP Pele' dominating social media platforms in the hours to follow.

Part of the reigning world champions with Argentina, Lionel Messi also took to his social media to bid a fond farewell to his fellow South American and football superstar.

Vinicius Junior pays his respects

Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior also joined the bandwagon of football stars to pay tribute to late Pele, Sports Brief has reported.

Adding his voice to the trend of football stars pouring in tributes, the 22-year-old took to Instagram to recount how Pele had supported him in tough moments.

"I have saved all the messages you sent me. When you supported me in a tough moment or when you celebrated my achievements. It was an honour to dedicate my first world cup goal to you. Your legacy will not be forgotten. I love you, king.”