Brazilian football legend Pele, took a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday, it was a moment he described as “unforgettable” while urging the world not to loose focus in their fight against the virus.
The man many consider as one of the greatest footballers of all time wrote on his Instagram account that,
“Today was an unforgettable day. I received the vaccine!”
While reiterating the need to still comply with all Covid-19 guidelines, he wrote,
“The pandemic is not over. We must remain disciplined to save lives because many people have not yet been vaccinated,”
“This (the pandemic) will pass if we think of each other and help each other,” he said.
However, Pele’s press team refuse to disclose which of the vaccines he took and still did not confirm if it was the first or second dose.
At 17 years, Pele became the youngest ever player to win a World Cup. He even scored a brace in the final against home side Sweden. He is the only player to have won three World Cups, they were; in Sweden in 1958, Chile in 1962 and Mexico in 1970.
During his active playing career, the 80 year old scored a total of 1,283 first-class goals, including 77 for Brazil men’s national team.
Pele has been on self-isolation at his home town in Sao Paulo state since the start of the coronavirus pandemic which has killed more than 255,000 people in Brazil, but vaccination has been slow to start in the country.
Pele is considered as someone with high risk of coronavirus complications because of his age.
He has been limited from large gatherings, he hasn’t been looking healthy in recent years and as such been aided by a wheelchair or supported by someone to be able to walk. Reported the Punch.