The living legend of Brazilian football, Pele, sent an open letter to the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin to stop the invasion of Ukraine.
"Today, Ukraine is trying to forget, for at least 90 minutes, the tragedy that still plagues their country. Competing for a place in the World Cup is already a difficult task - almost impossible now with so many lives at stake," wrote Pele.
As is known, the Ukrainian national team finally faced Scotland in the play-off match to the Qatar 2022 World Cup. This match was held at Hampden Park, Thursday morning WIB (2/6/2022), after previously being delayed due to the invasion launched by Russia against the country. .
In this match, Ukraine managed to win with a score of 3-1. This result also brings Ukraine one step closer to the finals in Qatar. In the next match Ukraine will meet Wales.
Pele, as reported by the US, took advantage of this moment to knock on Putin's heart again. The man who has collected 3 World Cup titles hopes that Russia is willing to stop its military attack.
"I want to use today's match to make a request: stop the invasion. There is absolutely no reason to justify this act of violence," wrote Pele.
"This conflict is vicious and unjustified and brings nothing but pain, fear, terror and suffering. There is no reason to hold on to it any longer," Pele explained.
In the open letter, Pele also mentioned his meeting with Putin. The moment occurred ahead of the 2018 World Cup which took place in Russia.
"When we met in the past and exchanged smiles accompanied by long handshakes, I never thought that one day we would be as divided as we are now," said Pele.
"The power to stop this conflict is in your hands, the hand I shook in Moscow, at our last meeting in 2017," Pele added.
Pele, who is 81 years old, is known to be active in humanitarian campaigns. He has also been a UN ambassador for the environment and has been very vocal about racism.
She has set up a foundation to benefit children and fight for poverty alleviation. Unfortunately, Pele's health has often been disturbed lately. He was in and out of the hospital for the treatment of a colon tumor among other ailments.
Pele is part of the golden generation of Brazilian football. With the Brazilian national team, Pele has won 3 of the 5 World Cup titles that are now in the closet of the team nicknamed A Selecao.
The former footballer who was born October 23, 1940 won it in 1958, 1962 and 1970.
Meanwhile, Russia's invasion of Ukraine has been ongoing since last March. The attacks have left thousands of people dead and millions more forced to flee.
According to World Bank President David Malpass, the Russo-Ukrainian war left the world facing a "human catastrophe" from the food crisis arising from the Russia-Ukraine conflict.