A funeral procession that does football well skin His final resting place began on Tuesday.
The procession started at Urbano Caldera StadiumPelé’s former club is home to Santos and his coffin will be carried through the streets of Santos, including passing through the street where Pele’s 100-year-old mother, Celeste Arandas, lives.
It will proceed to the Memorial Necropole Ecumenica Cemetery where a private burial will be held for family members.
The The three-time World Cup winner died on Thursday at the age of 82 of multi-organ failure due to progression of colon cancer.
Tributes poured in from around the world as people of all ages flocked to Santos’ 16,000-seat arena, popularly known as “Vila Belmiro,” for his 24-hour public vigil that began Monday.
More than 230,000 people attended, many wearing Brazil’s iconic yellow jersey, according to Santos.
According to a CNN crew at the ground, the stadium doors were closed and people were turned away, with thousands of mourners still in line.
Thousands lined the streets to wave flags, clap and cheer as the Brazilian’s coffin passed by.
Pele’s sister, Lucia, watched tearfully from the balcony of the crowd gathered outside her mother’s house.
President of Brazil Lula da Silva He woke up Tuesday morning to “heavily” beefed-up police security to accommodate the president’s presence, Santos told CNN.
“Pele is incomparable as a footballer and as a man,” Lula told Reuters on Tuesday.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino also visited Brazil on Monday to pay his respects.
“Pele is eternal,” Infantino told Reuters. “FIFA will surely honor ‘The King’ as he deserves.
“We have asked all football associations around the world to observe a minute’s silence before every match and to name a stadium in 211 countries after Pele. Future generations should know and remember who Pele was.
For over 60 years, the name Pele has been synonymous with football. He played in four World Cups and is the only player in history to win three, but his legacy extends beyond his trophy and remarkable goalscoring record.
“I was born to play football like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint,” Pele famously said.
Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in history, and Brazil observed three days of national mourning following his death.