Brazil says final farewell to 'King' Pele
- World Soccer Today -
Brazil said a final farewell to its beloved soccer icon, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as "Pele," on Wednesday. The three-time World Cup winner passed away on December 29 at the age of 82.
The ceremony, held at the Cathedral of Sao Paulo, was attended by thousands of fans and dignitaries, including Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Pele's coffin, draped in the Brazilian flag, was carried by former teammates and family members.
Pele is widely considered one of the greatest soccer players of all time, and his impact on the sport is immeasurable. He is the all-time leading scorer for the Brazilian national team and helped lead the country to three World Cup victories.
In addition to his on-field accomplishments, Pele was also a global ambassador for the sport and used his platform to promote peace and social justice. He received numerous accolades throughout his career, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the United Nations Peace Award in 1978.
Pele's death has been mourned by soccer fans around the world, and his legacy will continue to live on through the countless memories and moments he gave to the sport. Brazil may have said its final farewell to the "King of Football," but Pele will always be remembered as a true legend of the game.
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