Legendary Brazilian football player, Pelé launched a football academy for boys this week at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The academy called Center of Excellence Pelé Football Academy is scheduled to open in 2018. Pele was supposed to be lighting the Olympic cauldron during the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Brazil, but in a statement released, he confirmed saying that he’s too sick to attend.
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In a statement released, Pelé says: “Only God is more important than my health. In my life,
I’ve had fractures, surgeries, pain, hospital stays, victories and defeats. And I’ve always respected those who admire me,” Pelé said. “As a Brazilian, I ask God to bless all who participate in this event.” He never had the opportunity to play at the Olympic games and is looking forward for Brazil to bring home the gold.