Pele is lying in the center of Santos’ ground


At the site of his former club Santos, thousands of mourners have gathered to pay their respects to Pele, a legend in Brazil.

At the Urbano Caldeira stadium in Sao Paulo, Pele’s coffin was positioned in the middle of the field while people lined the streets to enter the stadium.

On December 29, the three-time World Cup champion passed away at the age of 82.

On Tuesday, a procession will travel through the streets of Santos to a private family funeral.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino, who attended the ceremony, said, “We’re going to ask every nation in the globe to name one of their football stadiums with the name of Pele.”

Following Pele’s passing, the Brazilian government proclaimed three days of national mourning.

The greatest footballer in history, Pele, had been receiving treatment for colon cancer since 2021.

On Monday morning, thousands of supporters gathered on the streets as the hearse approached the stadium; some had waited overnight to see the casket.

Edinho, the son of Pele, and former Brazil midfielder Ze Roberto assisted in carrying the casket as Neymar, Vinicius Junior, and Real Madrid brought flower tributes.

According to South American football journalist Tim Vickery, who spoke to BBC 5 Live, “We are talking about a global icon, therefore this is going to be a major global occasion.”

Brazil is really proud of Pele. Santos is his home, even though he is not from there. He is theirs, but he also belongs to the rest of the world.”

It will be a “intense” day, predicted Brazilian journalist Ricardo Seyton, who was close to Pele during his career.

He told BBC 5 Live that it is the general populace that is contributing to the beauty of the day.

The tale of Pele goes, “It is great to see people in football shirts from all over the world.”

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