Brazil Bids Farewell to Pele, the Legendary “King of Soccer”
Brazil Fans and people who care about Pele have gathered at the Vila Belmiro stadium in Santos to say goodbye to him. Pele died peacefully at the Albert Einstein Hospital on December 29. Since 2021, he has been getting treatment for colon cancer. Doctors say that Pele died because of problems with several organs and a side effect of his cancer.
On January 2, a hearse carrying Pele’s body left the hospital. So people could say their last goodbyes at the Vila Belmiro stadium. The body of Pele will be taken through the streets of Santos, passing in front of the house where his mother, Celeste, who is 100 years old, lives.
“King Pele’s life was filled with inspiration and love. Then he died peacefully today. Love, love, and love, forever “, said a tweet from Pele’s account after he died.
The Brazilian coastal city of Santos, where brazil soccer star Pele made a name for himself as a club player. They began saying goodbye to its hero on Monday with a 24-hour wake.
People lined up to see Pele’s body in an open casket in the middle of the field at the Santos Football Club’s home stadium, Vila Belmiro. Pele died of colon cancer on Thursday. He was 82 years old.
“Pele leaves our country with millions of Santos fans. Antonio da Paz, a fan waiting outside the stadium for the 10 a.m. memorial, said, “He made Brazilian soccer” (1300 GMT).
FIFA President Gianni Infantino was one of the first people at the service. He said he would ask every country to name a stadium after Pele, the only player to win the World Cup three times.
Infantino told reporters, “Pele will always be there.” “FIFA will treat the “king” with the respect he deserves. All 211 football associations worldwide have asked to hold a minute of silence before every game and to name a stadium after Pele. Pele must known and remembered by people who come after us.”
From Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, his body came to a city of about 430,000 people with fireworks going off.
Drone footage showed former Brazil midfielder Ze Roberto and Pele’s son Edinho helped put his coffin on the field. Neymar, Vinicius Junior, and also the Spanish club Real Madrid sent wreaths of flowers.
On Tuesday, a parade carrying Pele’s coffin will move through the streets of Santos. It will finalize at the Ecumenical Memorial Necropolis cemetery and be buried in a private ceremony.
The Santos press office said that about 5,000 journalists worldwide had permitted to cover the funeral of Pele. Also, who scored more than 1,000 goals for Santos.
Several government officials, like newly-elected Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and also Vice President Geraldo Alckmin. Afterwards they always supported Santos and also will be at the memorial.
Therefore, the president’s office said in a statement that Lula would honor and remember Pele and his family on Tuesday morning.
In a statement, the Sao Paulo state military police said they had planned a special operation called the “King Pele Operation” to keep the peace.
Roberto Santos, a fan, said, “I’ll be here all day, 24 hours, from 10 a.m. to 10 a.m.” “Pele deserves it.”