This Tuesday, January 3, the coffin of “King” Pelé made a long procession in the city of Santos, where the former player spent most of his career. Among the most poignant moments, the passage of the procession in front of the house of the mother of the football legend, where the latter’s sister addressed a particularly moving gesture to the crowd gathered in front of the balcony.
The Brazilians said goodbye to a legend. This Tuesday, January 3, the coffin of “King” Peléwho died last Thursday at the age of 82, carried out an almost four-hour procession through the streets of Santos, city where the former footballer spent most of his career, and located 75 km from Sao Paulo. The body of the triple world champion then arrived at the vertical cemetery of Santos, where the funeral reserved for the family will take place.
Pelé’s coffin was first laid out for 24 hours in the center of the field at Santos FC’s Vila Belmiro stadium, where the Brazilian striker shone from 1956 to 1974. Removed from the stadium in a buggy, the coffin was then hoisted on top of a fire engine, before marching through the streets of the city where thousands of supporters had gathered.
Pelé’s sister very moved at the passage of her brother’s coffin
But perhaps the most poignant moment is when the procession passed in front of Pelé’s mother’s house, Celeste Arantes. Aged 100 but suffering from cognitive impairment, she did not know that her son had died. But according to a reporter from the Daily Mirror, she finally went to the funeral wake at the Santos stadium to say goodbye to Pelé.
During its passage, the truck which transported the coffin of the football legend stopped a few minutes in front of the family home where a large green flag bearing the likeness of Pelé had been hung. Pelé’s sister, Maria Lucia, 78, notably appeared on the balconyalong with other family members. Moved to tears, she greeted the supporters massed in front of the house for a long time., and even formed a heart with his fingers to thank them. A heartbreaking moment.