Brazil is preparing to bury Pele in the city he made football the Mecca

SANTOS, Brazil (AP) — Forty-five years after Pele performed his final sport, it is arduous to think about trendy soccer, or Brazil, with out him.

Giovanna Sarmiento, 17, waited within the three-hour line to see his physique because it lay within the stadium the place he performed most of his profession. She got here together with her father who was carrying a Brazilian jersey named Pele.

“I am not a Santos fan, and neither is my dad. However this man invented the Brazilian nationwide workforce. He made Santos stronger, he made it huge, so how will you not respect him? He is one of many best individuals ever, we would have liked to honor him,” she stated.

Pele might be buried Tuesday within the metropolis the place he grew up, grew to become well-known and helped flip it into the world capital of soccer. A Catholic Mass might be celebrated on the Vila Belmiro stadium earlier than his coffin is delivered by the streets of Santos to a close-by cemetery.

New Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was sworn in for a 3rd time period on Sunday after his victory, is anticipated to return to Villa Belmero shortly earlier than the coffin is faraway from the stadium.

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