David Beckham thanked Pele for his influence on football and Harry Kane labelled the Brazil great as a “true inspiration” after the Selecao legend’s death.
Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital confirmed the three-time World Cup winner’s passing on Thursday after suffering multiple organ failure.
The 82-year-old had battled health issues throughout the latter stages of his life, with his family travelling to join him before Christmas Day after he was moved into palliative care following cancer struggles.
Pele remains an icon of the game with many regarding him as the greatest footballer of all time and former England star Beckham paid tribute to the ex-Santos forward.
“It was HIS beautiful game, thank you and goodbye. Rest in peace my friend,” Beckham wrote on Instagram.
England captain Kane was quick to offer his well wishes during the World Cup in Qatar when reports over Pele’s health continued to circulate.
The Tottenham striker has repeatedly labelled Pele as a reference point for all attackers within the modern game and he echoed that sentiment on Twitter.
“Pele was a true inspiration and one of the greatest to ever play the game. Rest in peace,” Kane wrote.
England’s Football Association (The FA) also paid respects, posting: “Everyone who loves football, loves Pele. His unique talent lit up the game and inspired the world.
“Our thoughts are with his family, the Brazil Football Confederation and the Brazilian people.”
As part of The FA’s tributes, Wembley Stadium’s iconic arch was lit up in Brazilian yellow and green in honour of the iconic star.
Tonight we light the arch in the honour of Pelé.
His unique talent lit up the game of football, and inspired the world. pic.twitter.com/6Ho2Fqz37A
— Wembley Stadium (@wembleystadium) December 29, 2022
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