Pele To Be Laid To Rest, Monday, Tuesday

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The burial of Edson Arantes do Nascimento popularly known as Pele has been scheduled to hold on Monday and Tuesday.

Pele who is regarded as the greatest football player of all time, died on Thursday after a long battle of colon cancer.

According to Daily Mail UK, Pele will go straight from the Albert Einstein Hospital to Estádio Urbano Caldeira in Vila Belmiro at dawn on Monday and the coffin will be placed in the centre of the pitch. The public wake is expected to begin at 10am.

The body of Pele who died at the age of 82 will be laid to rest at the home of Santos, where he enchanted the world.

The ceremony will continue until 10am on Tuesday, January 3, when the parade will take place through the streets of Santos.

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It will pass through Canal 6, where Pelé’s 100-year-old mother, Celeste, lives, before heading to the Ecumenical Necropolis Memorial for the burial reserved for family members.

The press will have access through gate 20 and prior registration will be required, by email, with the rules informed on the club’s official website.

Daughter Kely Nascimento confirmed his passing with a social media post that said: ‘Everything we are is thanks to you. We love you infinitely. Rest in peace.’

There was a message to the three million followers on Pele’s official Twitter account, too: ‘Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pele, who peacefully passed away today. Love, love and love, forever.’

Glowing tributes flowed for the only man to win the World Cup three times, first as a 17-year-old in 1958, again in Chile four years later and then the iconic third win in Mexico in 1970.

Pele scored a career record of 1,282 goals in 1,366 games, which included 77 in 92 appearances for his country.

Brazil legend Pele - widely considered as one of the greatest players of all time - has passed away at the age of 82

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