“Pele” has become the latest word in the Portuguese language, after its inclusion on Wednesday in the “Michaeles” dictionary, the most used word in this language.
From now on, the 280 million Portuguese speakers can use phrases such as “It’s a tennis pele” or “It’s a physics pele” within a proper grammatical phrase.
The dictionary defined the new word as: “a thing or a person that is not equal to another person, because of its quality, value or superiority, such as Pele, who is the epithet of Edson Arantes do Nascimento (1940-2022), who is the greatest athlete of all time, exceptional, incomparable and unique.” “.
However, the dictionary indicates with the letter R that the new word is a registered trademark.
The Brazilian legend’s name was included in the dictionary thanks to a campaign supported by the Pele Foundation, which collected 125,000 online signatures in a few months.
The campaign was supported by the Santos club, in which the “king” played most of his sporting career, and the Globo media group.
Pele is the only player so far to have won 3 World Cups with his country: Sweden in 1958, Chile in 1962, and Mexico in 1970.
The three-time World Cup champion died last December at the age of 82 after a struggle with colon cancer.
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