11 August, 2022

Pelé asks Putin to end the invasion of Ukraine

"When we met in the past and exchanged a big smile accompanied by a long handshake, it was unimaginable that one day we could be as divided as we are today" (Photo file-courtesy)

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

Brazil – Edson Arantes published a letter addressed to the Russian president calling for an end to the war in Ukraine.

The most recognized footballer of all time, Skin, used his influence and prestige in the media to intercede with the Russian government to end the invasion of Ukraine that has lasted three months.

“King”, published an open letter on his Instagram account, where he petitioned the Russian president, Vladimir Putin also signed with the leader of Donetsk, to reconsider your order, because there are no arguments that justify violence.

further, recalled that both characters coincided prior to the World Cup in Russia 2018, so he appealed to their good will to end an unjustified war.

Pelé took advantage of the victory of the Ukrainian team in Scotland, that puts them one victory away from the World Cup in Qatar 2022, after a duel that was postponed because of the war. “I want to take advantage of today's game to make a request: stop this invasion. There are no arguments that justify violence”, He said, the brazilian star.

“When we met in the past and exchanged a big smile accompanied by a long handshake, it was unimaginable that one day we could be as divided as we are today”, he added.

Pelé and Putin met in the grandstand of the Krestovski Stadium in Saint Petersburg in June 2017 during the Confederations Cup. about that meeting, Pelé said in an interview that Putin acknowledged that he admired him as a child.

Both characters met again in December 2017, during the World Cup draw in Moscow. The two were photographed smiling and toasting backstage.

“years ago, i promised myself that, whenever i could, I would always raise my voice for peace. The power to end this conflict is in your hands. The same ones that I shook in Moscow in our last meeting in 2017”, added Edson Arantes.