Santos, Brazil – Mourners began a solemn procession in front of Pele’s coffin at the Vila Belmiro Stadium in Santos, Pele’s hometown.
The Brazilian football great died Thursday after a battle with cancer. he was 82 years old.
SANTOS, BRAZIL – JANUARY 2: Pele’s son Edinho and former footballer Zeroberto carry Pele’s coffin to the Urbano Caldeira Stadium for his funeral on January 2, 2023 in Santos, Brazil. increase. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Pele’s coffin was placed on the field where he scored his career-best goal. Mourners passed in front of his coffin at his 16,000-seat stadium outside Sao Paulo. His burial will take place on Tuesday at a cemetery just 600 meters away.
Fans arrived at the stadium early on Monday to honor Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known worldwide as Pele.
One of them was Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Gilmar Mendez.
“It’s a very sad moment, but we are now seeing what this legendary player means to our country,” Mendes told reporters. “In my office, I have Pele’s signed shirt, a picture of him as a goalkeeper, and a shirt signed by him. DVDs, pictures, a huge collection of him.”
Mendez also said that despite his worldwide fame, Pele is a humble man and deserves all respect.
Fans and supporters will bid farewell to Brazilian football legend Pele at the Vila Belmiro Stadium in Santos, São Paulo, Brazil on January 2, 2023.
Pele’s coffin is guided through the streets of Santos before burial. Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and other dignitaries are expected to attend.
Pele had been undergoing treatment for colon cancer since 2021. The medical center where Pele was hospitalized said she died of multiple organ failure due to cancer.