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Fans greet Pele’s hearse with fireworks ahead of 24-hour public wake

First Published Jan 2, 2023, 6:53 PM IST

Pele left the world last week, leaving behind a void in the football world which is unlikely to be ever filled. As Brazil prepares for the 24-hour public wake of his body, fans greeted his hearse with fireworks.

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Legendary former Brazilian football great Pele passed away last week after a year-long battle with cancer. His legacy in the sport is unparalleled, having scored over 1,000 career goals, besides winning three FIFA World Cup titles with his nation, the most by any footballer to date. Despite having retired from the sport decades ago, the football world has his legendary moments and memories of his career afresh in its mind, as he will be hard to ever replace by anyone. While the Brazil national team and Santos are already planning on retiring his legendary number ten jersey, the nation is also preparing for his body’s last 24-hour public wake.

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Pele’s public wake will be conducted at the Vila Belmiro Stadium, the home ground of his club Santos. The gates would be open to the public from 10 AM local time, while his body would be placed at the centre of the pitch. The wake would continue until 10 AM on Tuesday.

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Following the wake, there would be possession on the streets before Pele is laid to rest in the final cremation ceremony, which would be a private affair involving his family. It will take place on the ninth floor of the Memorial Necropole Ecumenica, a vertical cemetery that overlooks the Vila Belmiro just half a mile away.

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