On Monday, thousands of mourners came together to pay their final respects to soccer icon, Pelé. Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé passed away at the age of 82 after a battle with cancer. He was laid to rest at the Vila Belmiro Stadium in his hometown of Santos, Brazil.
Pelé was not only known for his exceptional soccer skills, but also for his contributions to the sport and his beloved country. During his illustrious career, he led the Brazilian national team to three World Cup championships in 1958, 1962, and 1970. He went on to serve as Brazil’s Minister of Sport and was honored as a national treasure.
Many notable figures were in attendance at the memorial, including FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Gilmar Mendes. Justice Mendes spoke to journalists, saying “it is a very sad moment, but we are now seeing the real meaning of this legendary player to our country.”
Pelé’s impact on the sport of soccer cannot be overstated. He was a true inspiration to many, both on and off the field. His influence will continue to live on through the countless fans, players, and coaches who have been inspired by his remarkable talent and dedication.
The loss of such a great figure is a difficult one for the entire world of soccer and beyond. Pelé’s legacy, however, will continue to shine as a testament to his exceptional talent, leadership, and contributions to the sport and society as a whole.