Football great Pelé enters dictionary as synonym for ‘unique’

Pelé, the nickname of the late football legend, has officially become synonymous with “exceptional, incomparable, unique,” the BBC reports.

The Portuguese-language Michaelis dictionary, one of the most popular in Brazil, added “pelé” as a new adjective to its online edition.

The inclusion came after a campaign by the Pelé Foundation to honor the football star gathered more than 125,000 signatures.

Pelé died in December aged 82.

The only player to have won the World Cup three times, he is widely considered to be the best footballer in history.

During his playing career spanning two decades, he scored a record 1,281 goals with Brazilian club Santos, Brazil’s national team, and the New York Cosmos.

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