SANTOS, Brazil — Mourners started to pay their respects to Pele on Monday with a solemn procession previous his coffin on the Villa Belmiro stadium in his hometown of Santos.
The Brazilian footballer died on Thursday after a battle with most cancers. He was 82 years previous.
Pele’s casket was positioned on the sector the place he scored a number of the finest objectives of his profession. Mourners filed previous his casket on the 16,000-seat stadium exterior Sao Paulo. His funeral will happen on Tuesday within the cemetery positioned solely 600 meters away.
Followers arrived on the stadium early Monday morning to honor Edson Arantes do Nascimento, recognized to the world as Pele.
Considered one of them was Brazilian Supreme Court docket Choose Gilmar Mendes.
“It is a very unhappy second, however we now see the true significance of this legendary participant for our nation,” Mendes advised reporters. “There are shirts signed by Pele in my workplace, an image of him as a goalkeeper can be signed by him. DVDs, pictures, his huge assortment.”
Mendes additionally stated that Pele was a humble man regardless of his world fame and that he deserves each respect.
Pele’s coffin shall be carried via the streets of Santos earlier than his funeral. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and different dignitaries are anticipated to attend.
Pele had been receiving therapy for colon most cancers since 2021. The medical middle the place he was hospitalized stated he died of a number of organ failure as a result of most cancers.
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