Mourners reflect as they queue to see Pelé coffin

3 January 2023
2023-01-03 10:46

Fans lined up early Monday outside the Vila Belmiro Stadium ahead of Pelé’s funeral in his hometown of Santos. The Brazilian soccer great died Thursday after a battle with cancer. He was 82.

Pelé's coffin was placed on the field where he scored some of his best goals. Mourners walked past his casket in the midfield area of the 16,000-seat stadium outside Sao Paulo. Vila Belmiro was decorated with Brazilian flags and No. 10 shirts that became popular after Pelé started wearing them for Santos and Brazil.

Among the mourners visiting the coffin was FIFA President Giovanni Infantino, who looked on as Pele's wife and son were presented with an honorary soccer jersey. His funeral is scheduled start at 10 a.m. local time, and the burial will take place in a vertical cemetery close by Tuesday. Pelé's casket will be ushered through the streets of Santos before his burial.

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