The football world was hit with the massive news of Brazilian great Pele’s death on Thursday night. The three-time World Cup winner and legend breathed last on Thursday night after battling colon cancer. The 82-year-old was undergoing treatment for this following a surgery to remove a tumour in September 2021.
However, he failed to regain complete fitness post that and was finally laid to rest. On this big news, the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has signed a decree for the legend’s funeral.
As reported by a Brazilian media outlet G1, the decree signed by the outgoing President reads, “Official mourning is declared throughout the country for a period of three days, counted from the date of publication of this decree, as a sign of regret for the death of Edson Arnates do Nascimento, Pele, a former football player.”
The funeral of the football great will take place on Monday (January 2, 2023). His body is said to be laid to rest at the Urban Caldeira Stadium in his hometown Vila Belmiro (Santos).
Highlighting on the records by the ‘Soccer King’ Pele, from the four edition he played in World Cup, Brazil lifted the title in three of them (1958, 1962 and 1970). He also holds the record for most goals in the history of football and also has most goals in a calendar year to his name.