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Before the 2018 FIFA World Cup started, global dignitaries and football legends were in Russia to witness and partake in the honeymoon of fanfares that dominates the opening ceremony of the FIFA World cup.
One of them was legendary Edson Arantes do Nascimento known as Pele, who was seated in a wheelchair, and was largely welcomed by great footballers and political powers like Putin and others.
The photo is a joy to watch: legendary Maradona planting kiss on his forehead. Russian President holding his hand. Oh, he has finally touched that legendary hand.
Okocha, Kanu and others looked with wonder filled eyes as laughter annexed their faces in delight.
You would remember that there was a time that those legs of Pele were tearing defenders apart.
You would remember that there was a time he was massively scoring goals like fun. To the extent that, he scored more than 1000 goals in his career.
You would remember that he won three FIFA World Cups -1958, 1962 and 1970 respectively.
It is in this light he is regarded widely as the greatest footballer of all time. Some arguing that if Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi should be considered the greatest of all time, they should, at least win a World Cup. Unfortunately, they have not won any.
Today, you see such a man who conquered time and space with his feet cannot move again freely with those legs. Today he watches while sitting in a wheelchair or chair in his home.
How time flies. What does his situations teach? Nothing last forever.
When you have the time to make an impact in this world utilize it. When you are young, talented, vibrant and promising make use of your youthful exuberance and agility to achieve a lot of things.
Because old age comes with weaknesses, fragility, sicknesses and slow spacing. You're not far from the grave. However, even when you are gone you have left marks in the sand of time.
Today, Pele is 79. Many of our present and even generation before us didn't watch him.
We only read him or watched his games on YouTube videos to sing his praises.
Wouldn't you love to be remembered like that?
Get up from the rumbling of your grumbling sleep and look at the areas you are extremely good at and exploit and explore.