Tennis: After Nadal, Federer pays poignant tribute to Pelé

This Thursday evening, Pelé died at the age of 82. A football legend, the Brazilian has received tributes from all over the world, including the greatest sportsmen on the planet including Roger Federer. Recently retired, the former tennis player seems truly touched by the death of King Pelé, whom he considers to be one of the first icons of world sport.

Winner of three world Cup (1958, 1962, 1970), genius player ahead of his time, Pele marked the history of football and sport. His death at the age of 82 is a heartbreaking planetary event and tributes are multiplying for the former player of Santos. Roger Federer, who met the King during his career, is particularly touched.

“You were one of the first true icons of world sport”

Tennis legend, considered by many to be the greatest player of all time, Roger Federer met the King Pele during his career. A moment that seems engraved in the memory of the Swiss and the latter paid a poignant tribute to the Brazilian on his account instagram: “Thank you for inspiring millions of sports fans and athletes. I feel so lucky to have met you and had the chance to learn and admire you. You were one of the first true icons of world sport. Rest in peace King Pelé“.

Rafael Nadal discusses Pelé’s legacy

Another tennis legend and friend of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal also paid tribute to King Pele on his account Twitter a few hours earlier:Today, a great figure in world sport is leaving us once again. A sad day for the world of football, for the world of sport. His legacy will always live on. I didn’t see him play, I didn’t have that chance, but I was always taught and told that he was the king of football“, he wrote.