Infantino travelled to Santos, Brazil, to say his final goodbyes to the player who was regarded as the best of all time and passed away on Thursday at the age of 82.
“We’re going to ask every country in the world to name one of their football stadiums with the name of Pele,” Infantino told journalists at the Vila Belmiro, the stadium where the player known as “The King” first exploded onto the world stage with his exploits for his longtime club, Santos FC.
Attending the 24-hour wake along with the heads of the South American and Brazilian football confederations, Infantino was among the first to pay homage before Pele’s open casket, which was displayed in the middle of the field at Vila Belmiro stadium.
“We’re here with great sadness,” Infantino said. “Pele is eternal. He’s a global icon of football.”
FIFA has already honoured Pele as the best footballer of the 20th century by flying all national flags at half-mast outside of its Zurich offices on Friday.
After a protracted fight with cancer, Pele, the only player in history to win three World Cups, passed away in a hospital in Sao Paulo.
Gianni Infantino, the director of the organization that governs football, announced Monday during the late icon’s wake that FIFA would request that every nation in the world name a stadium in honour of Brazilian football star Pele.
After the wake on Monday, there will be a funeral procession through Santos’ streets on Tuesday before a private burial service.
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