It is a component of a campaign to recognise the late football great’s extraordinary effect outside of the pitch, which attracted more than 1,25,000 signatures.
‘Pele’ has been included as an adjective in a Brazilian dictionary. The phrase can be used to describe someone who is remarkable, unmatched, or singular.
The news was just announced by Michaelis Dictionary. It is a component of a campaign to recognise the late football great’s extraordinary effect outside of the pitch, which attracted more than 1,25,000 signatures.
The dictionary’s definition of the newly added word “Pele” is as follows: “The one who is extraordinary, or who, because of his quality, value, or superiority, cannot be compared to anything or anyone, just like Pele; nickname of Edson Arantes do Nascimento (1940–2022), widely regarded as the greatest athlete of all time; exceptional, incomparable, unique.” He is the Pele of medicine, she is the Pelé of tennis, she is the Pelé of Brazilian theatre, and she is the Pelé of basketball, to give a few examples.
Many Pele supporters in Brazil applauded Michaelis dictionary’s choice. It is one of the most widely used dictionaries in the nation.
Notably, Pele, the first GOAT in football, a global sports star, and a former sports minister of Brazil, died in December of cancer at the age of 82.
The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) selected Pele as the World Player of the Century in 2000. He shared the FIFA Player of the Century title with the other winner.