The state of health of one of the biggest soccer stars, such as Pelé, was a constant topic of conversation in the last weeks of 2022 on the internet, even during the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
According to the statistics of Google Trendsthe news had an impact worldwide in the hours following his death.
Only on the day and time that the death of the former player of the Brazilian team and three times world champion was reported, the Google search engine had an exponential increase in the number of queries related to his name to the maximum point of the trend , which reached 100 points, the maximum number that reveals the interest of users for a topic within the website.
“Pelé’s state of health”, “Pelé’s state of health”, “news about Pelé”, “health of Pelé”, “rest in peace Pelé”, “Pelé’s mother is still alive”, among other related queries were the trend .
Many of these trends came to exceed 1,800% in the increase in people’s interest, as in the case of the query “rest in peace Pelé”, which were even searched for in Portuguese, since the most immediate and precise information related to the historical player came from Brazil, his country of origin.
However, the increase in searches regarding the health of “O King”, as Pelé was also known, not only occurred at the time of his death, but days before at the beginning of December, there was also an increase in interest in this subject.
The rise in the search trend was due to the fact that information about his death on December 3, 2022 was erroneously disseminated, for which Pelé had to deny this information on his official Instagram account with a brief message stating that continued to receive the necessary medical care.
“My friends, I want everyone to be calm and positive. I am strong, with a lot of hope and I continue my treatment as always, ”he indicated in his publication, which was followed by some more encouragement for the Brazilian team until their elimination from the World Cup in Qatar.
The search for the term “Pelé” in Brazil alone reached 10 million queries on December 28, one day before his death at the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital, where he was treated for a health complication caused by colon cancer. with which the historic former Brazilian player has been fighting since 2021, when he was detected.
These inquiries were also accompanied by others related to other aspects of his life, such as “Pelé’s statistics”, “Pelé’s wife”, “Santos”, “New York Cosmos” (his former teams), “Pelé’s age”, ” children of Pelé”, in addition to mentions of other players such as Neymar, Erling Haaland, Roberto Carlos, among other personalities not linked to football.