The body of Brazilian football legend Pele has arrived at the Santos stadium in preparation for the last look ceremony.

And the Brazilian media reported that the procession with Pele’s body arrived at the Urbano Caldera stadium in the Villa Belmero area early Monday morning.

A large number of fans with flags have already gathered in front of the entrance to the stadium.

The procession to transport the body of the “Black Jewel” moved under the protection of police and firefighters from the Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo, in which Pele breathed his last, and the procession took about 80 kilometers. two hours.

Pelé’s body will be placed in the center circle of Santos Stadium for a last-look ceremony, according to a statement from the club, for which Pelé has played for many years.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is expected to attend the final 24-hour inspection ceremony.

After the final ceremony, the funeral procession will pass through the streets of Santos and pass by the home of Pele’s mother, Doña Celeste, who recently turned 100 years old.

Pelé, the only player to have won three world titles, passed away last Thursday at the age of 82 after suffering from colon cancer for over a year and has been in hospital since November last year.

Addison Arantes Donascimento, better known as Pelé, was born on October 23, 1940 in Minas Gerais and became known in Brazil as the “King of Football” after winning the World Cup three times (1958, 1962 and 1970). ).

Source: agencies

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Chang Michel is a sports reporter for 24PalNews. He has also covered sports for TV and radio in Miami, Newark, and Atlanta. Chang, a native of Queens, NY, graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in international affairs and French.

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