Lengthy-time barber mourns loss of life of soccer hero Pele By Reuters

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SANTOS, Brazil (Reuters) – A barber who first met Brazilian soccer legend Pele within the Nineteen Fifties and lower his hair for many years mentioned on Friday he hoped God would handle the late athlete.

Pele, who died on Thursday aged 82, rose from poverty to develop into one of many biggest athletes in fashionable historical past and the one man to win three World Cups as a participant.

“He got here to have his hair lower a few instances a month and to chop his beard it was each two days,” mentioned Joao Araujo, who mentioned he first met Pele in 1956 or 1957 and whose barber store within the metropolis of Santos homes memorabilia of the star. Pele spent most of his taking part in profession at Santos soccer membership.

Araujo mentioned he final noticed Pele, who suffered colon most cancers, final 12 months.

“(I hope) God takes care of him.”

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