Today, Tuesday, thousands of Brazilian football fans bid farewell to the body of the late legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento “Pelé” at a solemn funeral in the Brazilian city of Santos.
The legendary Pelé passed away last Thursday at the age of 82, having enriched football with his achievements and records locally with Santos and internationally with the Brazil national team.
The coffin of the legend Pelé arrived at the Urbano Caldera stadium, known as the “Villa Belmero” in Santos, yesterday, Monday, from the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, to say goodbye to the fans and admirers of Santos and the Brazilian. national team.
Pele’s body remained at the Santos stadium until 10:00 am Tuesday for a final farewell before being transported to its final resting place.
The funeral procession of the legend Pele started from the Urbano Caldera stadium, and the coffin of the Brazilian legend passed in the suburb of Santos, where his mother lived, Mrs. Donna Celeste, who did not know that her son died after suffering from colon cancer, then the coffin of the legend went to his final resting place in a cemetery half a mile from Santos Stadium.
After the funeral, Brazil went into mourning for 3 days for the player who brought her the first 3 World Cups for the country in its history in 1958, 1962 and 1970.
Pele was buried in the place where he tried to express gratitude to his father, who inspired him to enter the world of football, as Pele recommended that he be buried on the ninth floor of a vertical cemetery, half a mile from Santos. The stadium, in honor of the spirit of his father, a former Dondinho footballer who was a player in the Brazilian team Fluminense and wore the number 9.
Fans of the Brazilian club believe that Pele was buried in a cemetery located half a mile from the Santos stadium, on the ninth floor, so that he could see the team’s stadium.
The vertical cemetery consists of 32 floors and overlooks the Villa Belmero stadium, the former home of the Santos club. The Vertical Cemetery is also a popular tourist attraction and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest vertical cemetery in the world.