The nickname Pele, which was the nickname of the late football legend who died in December at the age of 82, has officially become synonymous with ‘unique, exceptional, incomparable.’
The Portuguese-language Michaelis dictionary has added the nickname of Edson Arantes do Nascimento as a new adjective to its online edition.
This comes after a campaign by the Pele Foundation to honour the football star managed to rack up over 125,000 signatures.
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With a career spanning two decades, Pele became the only player to have won the World Cup three times and is considered by many to be the best footballer in history.
With a total goal-score tally of 1,281 with Brazilian club Santos, Brazil’s National team and the New York Cosmos.
Pele sadly passed away late last year due to complications from colon cancer, and this followed various tributes for the player to surface by entities and individuals – one of them being this dictionary entry.
The entry reads: “pe.lé adj. That or someone who is out of the ordinary, who or who by virtue of their quality, value or superiority cannot be equalled to anything or anyone, just like Pelé, nickname of Edson Arantes do Nascimento (1940-2022), who is considered the greatest athlete of all time; exceptional, incomparable, unique.”