Edson Arantes do Nascimento Brazilian football icon, popularly known as Pelé, died in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 29, 2022 at the age of 82 after struggling with cancer.
Marcia Aoki (Pelé’s wife), stands beside Pelé’s coffin at the Urbano Calderia Stadium during Pelé’s funeral in Santos, Brazil on January 2, 2023.
Fans arrived at the stadium in the early hours of Monday, 2nd January, 2023 to honor Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé.
Mourners and fans began with a solemn procession past his coffin to pay their last respects to Pelé at the (16,000 -seat) Vila Belmiro stadium in his hometown of Santos. His coffin was placed on the field where he netted some of the incredible goals of his football career.
One of the fans, Gilmar Mendes, the Brazilian court justice told a journalist; “It is a very sad moment, but we are now seeing the real meaning of this legendary player to our country. My office has shirts signed by Pelé, a picture of him as a goalkeeper, also signed by him. DVDs, photos, a big collection of him.”
Mendes also said despite Pelé’s global fame, he was a humble man and that he is worthy of every tribute.
The legendary Brazilian (Pelé), a player of beautiful games rose from Grass to Grace, becoming one of the greatest and most popular footballer who scored 77 goals in 92 games in the history of football.
In 2021, Pele had a tumour removed from his colon in Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital.
Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein hospital, where Pele was undergoing treatment, said he died at 3:27pm (18:27 GMT) on Thursday “due to multiple organ failures resulting from the progression of colon cancer associated with his previous medical condition.
On Tuesday 3rd, January 2023, his burial takes place in a cemetery only 600 meters away from his hometown. Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and other dignitaries are expected to attend. Pelé’s casket will be escorted through the streets of Santos before his burial.