The Pele legend in a letter to Putin “stop the invasion”

Sao Paulo: Brazilian soccer legend Pele appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to end his army’s invasion of Ukraine, as the war-torn country took a break from conflict to compete for a seat at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Pele wrote in an open letter to Putin posted on Instagram before the Ukrainian team faced Scotland (Ukraine won 3-1) in the semifinals of the first track of the play-off Europeans, which qualifies for the world football tournament. “I want to use today’s match as an opportunity to make a request: stop the invasion,” said the three-time world champion. There is absolutely no justification for continued violence. “He continued:” This conflict is wicked and unwarranted and brings nothing but pain, fear, horror and pain … Wars only exist to separate countries and not. there is an ideology that justifies the missiles that bury the dreams of children, destroy families and kill innocent people. “Pele recalled his meeting with Putin in past and the exchange of “smiles accompanied by a long handshake”. “The power to stop this conflict is in your hands,” she wrote. The same one I shook hands with in Moscow, in our last meeting in 2017 “. The legendary player’s health has been fragile in recent years, with several recent hospitalizations in cure for colon cancer. Pelé, the only player in history to win the World Cup three times (1958, 1962 and 1970), scored 77 goals in 92 games with the “Celeção” shirt before retiring in 1977. He was chosen in 1999 by the International Olympic Committee, as one of the best athletes of the twentieth century, and then in one year as the best player of the century by the International Federation of Football Federations (FIFA). Pele’s message comes as the Ukrainian conflict approaches its 100th day, with heavy fighting continuing in the east of the country after the Russian military failed in its attempt to enter Kiev. The game in Glasgow is the first for the Ukrainian national team since the invasion began. The Ukrainian national team will face their Welsh counterpart on Sunday in final to catch up with the qualifiers and play in Group B alongside England, the United States and Iran. (AFP)