Pele has lost his only brother.

Jair Arantes do Nascimento – or just Zoca as lillebroren is known – died after a prolonged cancer of the prostate. Zoca was 77 years of age.

the Death occurred on Wednesday evening local time. Zoca was admitted to a hospital in Santos, Brazil.

– It is with great sadness in heart that I must announce that my beloved brother is dead, write Pele on Twitter.

The two year younger brazilian football legend informs that the Zoca suffered from cancer and was treated for complications in the hospital.

Zoca played in the beginning of the 1960s of the football club Santos just like Pele did it.

But Zocas football career was short, he had not the same talent as his brother.

Santos describes on its website the Zoca as a player with almost the same physics as Pele, only two centimeters less, and with a good technique and agility.

The then head coach of the Santos could not help giving the chance to Zoca, who had so close a genetic fodhold to Pele, writes the club.

It came, however, never to become a big success on the field for the Zoca, but he could in turn support his more capable older brother in fodboldlivet.

Zoca was, according to dpa buried in the Santos Thursday in pele’s absence. Pele is currently in voluntary isolation because of the outbreak of coronavirus, tells Pepito Fornos, pele’s longtime adviser and spokesman.

Pele is considered by many as one of history’s best fodboldspilllere.

He won amongst other the WORLD cup with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970. The first time he was just 17 years old.

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