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Thousands pay their last respects to football legend Pele in Brazil

His wake was being held at the Urbano Caldira Stadium, the home field of Pele's former team Santos, allowing fans to pay their last respects


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Thousands pay their last respects to football legend Pele in Brazil
Thousands pay their last respects to football legend Pele in Brazil

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Thousands of people gathered in the Brazilian city of Santos to bid farewell to football legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, who died at 82 on Thursday from colon cancer.


His wake was being held at the Urbano Caldira Stadium, the home field of Pele's former team Santos, allowing fans to pay their last respects. Among those who attended were FIFA president Gianni Infantino, and the chief of South America's CONMEBOL football confederation, Alejandro Dominguez, reports Xinhua news agency.


Infantino said he planned to propose that all national football federations around the world name a stadium after the three-time FIFA World Cup winner (1958, 1962 and 1970), along with his Brazilian national team.


"We are going to ask all the federations in the entire world to name a stadium after Pele. I think that young people, the future generations, have to know and remember who Pele was and the joy he brought to the world," Infantino said.


Fans waited more than three hours to view the casket, with the line at one point stretching some two kilometers.


The wake will continue until Tuesday, when Pele will be buried at a private cemetery in Santos, a coastal city located 60 kilometers from Sao Paulo, where he is revered as the greatest player of his hometown team, with whom he won two Copa Libertadores titles and two Intercontinental Cups.


Brazil's government plans to rename the port of Santos, the largest in Brazil and Latin America, after the footballer, Sao Paulo state governor Tarcisio de Freitas told media upon arriving at the wake.

 

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Thousands pay their last respects to football legend Pele in Brazil


An uncanny Pele lookalike joined Brazil in paying their respects to football legend Pele today, as his coffin arrived at the stadium where he first took the world's breath away.


Hundreds of fans began filing into the Vila Belmiro, home to Pele's longtime club Santos, where the open casket bearing the body of 'The King' was displayed at the centre circle this morning. The casket, which was placed under an awning and surrounded by bouquets of white flowers, will remain there for 24 hours.


The casket arrived before the doors were opened to the public, with Pele's son Edinho acting as one of the pallbearers. Funeral workers draped a veil over him and Edinho was pictured resting his hand on his father's forehead and saying a prayer in the moments before the wake began.


Among its visitors was a man who struck a spooky resemblance to the legendary player. The mourner was pictured walking across the football pitch in a Santos football jersey, a team Pele played for from 1956 to 1974.


The open casket of Brazilian football legend Pele at Vila Belmiro, home to his longtime club Santos, today

Thousands pay their last respects to football legend Pele in Brazil
Thousands pay their last respects to football legend Pele in Brazil

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Pele's widow Marcia Aoki places a cross pendant on her late husband's body during the 24-hour wake

Thousands pay their last respects to football legend Pele in Brazil
Thousands pay their last respects to football legend Pele in Brazil

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The mourner who has been dubbed Pele's lookalike was pictured walking across the football pitch in a Santos football jersey

Thousands pay their last respects to football legend Pele in Brazil
Thousands pay their last respects to football legend Pele in Brazil

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Pele's son Edinho (centre), who was one of the casket's pallbearers, rests his hand on his father's forehead and says a prayer

Thousands pay their last respects to football legend Pele in Brazil
Thousands pay their last respects to football legend Pele in Brazil

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Ms Aoki and Edinho are pictured in a tearful embrace as they say farewell to the football legend

Thousands pay their last respects to football legend Pele in Brazil
Thousands pay their last respects to football legend Pele in Brazil

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Pele's widow Marcia Aoki was pictured placing a cross pendant on her husband's body, and she was later seen embracing Edinho.


Edinho was previously jailed for 33 years for laundering money from drug trafficking before his sentence was reduced to 12 years and 10 months on appeal.


Fans started arriving at the stadium in the early hours to say goodbye to Edson Arantes do Nascimento, globally known as Pele. One of them was Brazilian supreme court justice Gilmar Mendes.


'It is a very sad moment, but we are now seeing the real meaning of this legendary player to our country,' Mr Mendes told journalists.


'My office has shirts signed by Pele, a picture of him as a goalkeeper, also signed by him, DVDs, photos, a big collection of him.


Carlos Mota and his 12-year-old son Bernardo traveled more than 300 miles from Rio de Janeiro to Santos, a south-eastern port city in Sao Paulo state, to pay tribute to their late hero.

'My whole childhood was influenced by what Pele did for Brazil, by his World Cup wins. He was a national idol,' Mota, 59, told AFP.


Bernardo added: 'I never saw Pele play, but I've seen the videos. He's the greatest player who ever walked the Earth.'


Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Alejandro Dominguez, head of the South American football confederation Conmebol, were among the first to pay their respects at the open casket.


Pele scored scored some of the best goals of his career at the oceanside stadium outside Sao Paulo nicknamed 'Peixe' - 'fish' in Portuguese. It is expecting a huge influx of fans hoping to honour Pele, who died aged 82 on Thursday after a long battle with cancer.


Stadium doors opened at 10:00 am local time (1300 GMT). The coffin bearing the remains of the only player to have won three World Cups is being displayed in the centre of the field on a temporary platform.

 

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Date: 3/1/2023




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