“The eternal king Pele says goodbye in Vila Belmiro”: The football legend was buried at the home of the long-standing club Santos

São Paulo []January 3 (ANI): Football legend Pele was laid to rest at Vila Belmiro, Santos FC’s home ground where he spent most of his club career, from 1956 to 1974.

According to Goal.com, a public ceremony took place from January 2, Monday, until the morning of January 3. His public funeral began at Santos’ home stadium on Monday. His casket was placed on the field and fans got to pay tribute to one of the greatest to play the sport for 24 hours.

“As he always wanted, our eternal King Pele says goodbye in Vila Belmiro, his home, with his people,” tweeted the club’s official handle.

A procession through the streets of Santos will take place on Tuesday and the parade will pass through Canal 6, an area of ​​his mother’s residence. After this, the procession will continue to a private burial at the Memorial Necropole Ecumenica, which will be attended by his family and friends.

Brazil’s three-time World Cup-winning soccer legend Pele has passed away at the age of 82 after a battle with cancer, reported on Friday, citing his agent Joe Fraga as confirming the news of his passing.

Considered by many to be the greatest footballer of all time, Pele had been in poor health in recent months and had a number of hospital visits.

The three-time World Cup champion, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, reportedly had kidney and heart problems and has been hospitalized since November with multiple ailments.

In September 2021, Pele had a colon tumor removed. On November 29, however, he checked into the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, according to Al Jazeera.

Widely regarded as the game’s most talented player, Pele guided Brazil to three World Cup victories in 1958, 1962 and 1970. With 77 goals in 92 games, he remains Brazil’s top scorer.

The footballer boasted many trophies at club and country level.

Pele also won many individual awards. He won the ‘Best Young Player’ award in the 1958 FIFA World Cup. He has also won the prestigious Ballon d’Or award seven times. His astonishing goalscoring record made him the rightful ‘Greatest of All Time’.

The striker dominated the sport from the 1950s to the 1970s, an era characterized by unstructured and decentralized record keeping within the sport. This deprived the fans of knowing the exact measure of the footballer’s greatness. His goalscoring record is a hotly debated issue among fans and statisticians alike.

At international level, Pele remains his country’s all-time leading goalscorer. With 77 goals in 92 internationals, the feet and net of this football legend were inseparable. He announced himself with a thunderous performance in the 1958 World Cup, scoring six goals throughout the tournament. He emerged as the second highest goalscorer in the tournament.

This goal also makes Pele the eleventh best goalscorer among international footballers.

At the FIFA World Cup, Pele scored 12 goals in 14 games in four editions, which is the second most of any Brazilian after Ronaldo. The three-time world champion is also tied for sixth in the list of top scorers at the marquee football event.

At 17 years and 239 days old, he was also the youngest ever footballer to find the back of the net in the men’s FIFA World Cup, achieving this feat in the quarter-finals of the 1958 edition of the tournament against Wales.

Pele became the youngest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history, against France in the semis and was also the youngest to score in a World Cup final. Host was on the receiving end of Pele’s brilliance in the summit.

At club level, in official matches, Pele scored 680 goals. The majority of them, 643 goals to be exact, were scored for Santos in domestic level tournaments (at national and state level), the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup (the predecessor to the FIFA Club World Cup).

The prodigious talent made his debut for the Sao Paulo club at the age of 15 and was loyal to the club for most of his career — from 1956 to 1974. However, there are differing claims about the number of matches he played for Santos. Some put it at 659 while others claim Pele featured in 665 matches for Santos.

Pele scored all of his remaining 37 goals for American club New York Cosmos, where he spent three years. He joined the club aged 35 in 1975, making 64 official appearances for them before hanging up his boots in 1977.

Pele’s 643 goals for Santos was a record for most goals scored by a player for the club until Lionel Messi broke it. He scored 672 goals in 778 games for FC Barcelona, ​​​​before leaving the Spanish club in 2021. It took years for Messi and the football world to surpass Pele’s record.

First-class football is about matches played at senior level. In the modern context, Pele should have a total of 757 goals, which includes 680 at club level and 77 for Brazil. However, the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF) gives Pele a total of 778 goals in 846 official matches as they take into account the times he found the net for his military team and at national trials.

Different figures have been seen, when it comes to the goal figures as his football at youth level, friendlies, exhibition matches etc are also taken into account by different parties.

Nonetheless, his goal tally is enough to place him in the record books as he stands in the Guinness World Records for scoring the most goals in the sport.

“The most goals scored in a certain period is 1,279 by Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Brazil), known as Pele, from September 7, 1956 to October 1, 1977 in 1,363 games. His best year was 1959 with 126 and Milesimo (1000: e goal) ) came from a penalty for his club Santos at the Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, on 19 November 1969 when he played his 909th first-class match. He later added two more goals in special appearances,” notes the Guinness World Record- site.

FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, and CONMEBOL, the South American soccer confederation, have put his tally at 1,281, including two goals for Santos in “special appearances” made after retirement that Guinness does not count.

FIFA has used the phrase “more than 1,200” to describe his goal tally in recent years.

Pele himself put his career goal at 1,283. But the RSSF put it at 1,303 goals in 1,392 games.

Regardless of his actual goal stats, Pele remains the pole star of the beautiful game. (ANI)

Source: sn.dk


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