Monday, February 6, 2023

Pele: The greatest football player of the century, the stadium where he played will be the last farewell

His last journey will continue from Monday to Tuesday, after losing the battle with cancer, the great Brazilian footballer Pele said goodbye to everyone, the last farewell will be from the stadium where he played.

The stadium where Brazilian football legend Pele played some of the best matches of his career will be laid to rest on Monday and Tuesday. Pelé used to play for the club Santos at the Villa Belemiro Stadium. He will be cremated at the Memorial Necropole Acumennica, Santos cemetery. Only his family will be present at the time of the rites.

The Brazilian public will attend the great footballer’s last journey in Sao Paulo and pay tribute, the club said in a statement. Edson Arantes do Nascimento i.e. Pele died of cancer on Thursday. He was 82 years old. The club said the three-time World Cup champion’s body would leave from the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo on Monday morning and be placed in the middle of the Vila Belemiro stadium. The memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday and end the next day at the same time. Pele’s body will be carried through the streets of Santos and past the home of his 100-year-old mother, Celeste. Recent reports in the Brazilian media state that Pele’s mother is also ill and insensitive. Pele has a house in Santos, where he spent most of his life. He spent his last years in the city of Guaruja.

Pele wore the number 10 jersey for the first time since the 1958 World Cup. The Brazilian Federation did not give jersey numbers to any footballer. FIFA gave Pele the number 10 jersey. At that time he was appearing as a substitute player for the team. It was Pele who gave recognition to the number 10 jersey. Later Maradona, Sachin Tendulkar, Lionel Messi wore number 10 jersey. agency

silence in brazil

After the death of Pele, there is silence in Brazil.
Christ the Redeemer and the Maracana stadium are lit in the colors of the country’s flag and fans weep outside the Santos club.
Pictures of Pele are placed on the walls of the Urbano Caldeira stadium. Many fans have paid tribute to him on these pictures.

The famous number 10 jersey

Others paid tribute to Pele by carrying massive white flags bearing pictures of his face or his famous number 10 jersey that read ‘Pele forever you are the king’.
Some brought bouquets of flowers, while others spray-painted ‘King Pele, Idol’ on the floor to pay their respects.

Brazil won 67 matches

Pele played 92 matches for Brazil. In these, Brazil won 67 times, 14 matches were drawn and 11 were defeated. On 18 July 1971, Pelé played for Brazil for the last time against Yugoslavia.

Messiah was also for the poor

In 1999, the player of the century was selected by the International Olympic Council. Chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. FIFA named the greatest.
The world’s player of the century was chosen by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).
FIFA has jointly named FIFA Player of the Century with Diego Maradona.
Pele is also known for his strong support of policies to improve the social status of the poor.
Pele dedicated his 1000th goal to the poor children of Brazil. Pele is also known as the King of Football (O Rey do Futebal), King Pele (O Rey Pele) or simply The King (O Rey).
Pelé’s technique and natural flair have been admired around the world, and during his playing years he was known for his excellent dribbling, passing, pace, powerful shot, exceptional ability to head and create chances.

Magic was also shown in India

Pele first came to India in 1977, when his club Cosmos played a 2–2 draw with Mohun Bagan FC in Kolkata. He had come to Delhi in 2015 and 2018. Dr. Prabhakaran, General Secretary, All India Football Federation said, “We are grateful to him for these visits.

Football Association of India declared seven days mourning

The All India Football Federation announced a seven-day mourning on Friday for Pele’s death. AIFF general secretary Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran said, “We will observe seven days of mourning to remember his achievements.” During this, the AIFF flag will fly at half mast. There will be a minute’s silence before every match. No one will celebrate. He has had old ties with India.

Goa, Bengal also paid tribute

After Pele’s death, there is silence in states like Goa, Bengal, Kerala. Pele’s fans have paid tribute to him in their own ways.

Pele did three marriages

Pele first married Rosemary in 1966. He has a son (Edson) and two daughters (Kellie, Jennifer) from his first marriage. In 1994, he married Assyria for the second time. In 2016, at the age of 76, he married for the third time to Maria Aoki.

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