Pele Laid to Rest as Thousands of Mourners Line Streets for Emotional Send-Off

The late Brazilian icon Pele was laid to rest after his funeral took place between Monday and Tuesday.
Pele’s coffin arrives at Santos Stadium for final farewell.

Thousands of mourners gathered on the streets to attend the funeral of their World Cup hero Pele after he passed away last week.

Pele was widely renowned as one of the greatest footballers of all time and his status was reflected as people formed enormous queues in the streets of Sao Paulo to pay their condolences to his family.

Pele – full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento – died at the age of 82 on December 29 after a battle with cancer of the colon. And on Tuesday, he was finally laid to rest following three days of mourning in the South American nation.

His coffin was carried via a small vehicle and guarded by 10 military guards as it was taken through the stadium, before they lifted the casket out through the exit.

Outside of the stadium, a fire engine waited to pick up the coffin as it drove slowly through the streets of the coastal town of Santos.

The scheduled route meant it would go past the home of his 100-year-old mother, Celeste, before it was carried to other landmarks throughout the city.

It then finished with a private burial ceremony held where Pele had chosen to be his final resting place at a cemetry, half a mile away from the stadium.

Locals and fans from other countries queued through the night to pay tribute to the legendary Brazilian footballer. He has been lying in state at the stadium of his former club Santos since Monday.

His coffin was located in the centre of the pitch at the Urbano Caldeira stadium in Sao Paulo, and fans have been camped out on the streets for days in order to ensure they do not miss out on their chance to bid him farewell.

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