From Messi’s triumph to Federer’s retirement: 2022’s top sport stories

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From the moment Lionel Messi lifted the World Cup – the one major prize he had lacked – to the moment Roger Federer hung up his tennis racket, 2022 was a remarkable year in sport. FRANCE 24 looks back at all the highlights of the past 12 months.

  • Death of Pelé

It was the moment of mourning the footballing world had been dreading. After his family gathered around his hospital bed over Christmas, the Brazilian king of football Pelé died aged 82 on December 29. He had been suffering from colon cancer.

Pelé’s significance for the beautiful game was best summed up by Spanish newspaper El Pais, which reacted to his death with a headline describing him as “football in four letters”.

The Brazilian icon was second to none when it came to pace, finishing skills and – above all – reading the game in advance. Pelé became a global phenomenon in 1958 at the age of just 17 when his goalscoring prowess powered Brazil to World Cup victory. Remarkably, he had already notched up 100 goals for his beloved club Santos.

Pelé won three World Cups with Brazil, with further victories in 1962 and 1970. On six occasions, Pelé managed to score five goals in the same game, but he also notched 30 quadruples and 92 hat over two illustrious decades.

  • Roger Federer retires

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