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Pele reacts to death of “my friend, my idol, my hero” Muhammad Ali

Pele Muhammad Ali

The sporting world was rattled by the death of Muhammad Ali this weekend, and the most famous footballer of all-time was no exception.

Pele reacted to Ali’s death at 74, saying “the sadness is overwhelming”. He once said that Ali would “tease him” about the boxing legend’s popularity in relation to Pele.

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The sporting universe has just suffered a big loss. Muhammad Ali was my friend, my idol, my hero. We spent many moments together and always kept a good connection throughout the years. The sadness is overwhelming. I wish him peace with God. And I send love and strength to his family. // O universo do esporte sofre uma grande perda. Muhammad Ali era meu amigo, meu idolo, meu heroi. Passamos muitos momentos juntos e sempre mantivemos contatos todos esses anos. A tristeza é enorme. Desejo que ele descanse junto a Deus e amor e força à sua familia. #RIP @muhammadali

A photo posted by Pelé (@pele) on Jun 4, 2016 at 4:09am PDT

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