The world football body- FIFA decided to name one stadium in one country for Brazilian football legend Pele around the world for his contribution to revolutionize and helped popularize the soccer sport.
For this, the President of the FIFA, Gianni Infantino will request all the world’s countries. “We’re going to ask every country in the world to name one of their football stadiums with the name of Pele,” Infantino who was in the city of Santos, Brazil, to pay his final respects to the player widely considered the greatest of all time 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 Football Club.
On Monday, January 2, Brazil bid farewell to football legend Pele who rose from poverty to become one of the greatest athletes in modern history, paying tribute by the world to the late star. The event will be followed by a funeral procession through the streets of Santos Tuesday. And then will proceed to a private interment ritual.
The only man to win three World Cups as a player Pele died at the age of 82 on Thursday was shared a FIFA’s Player of the 20th Century honour with another greatest Argentinian player Diego Maradona.
Pele was also given FIFA’s first-ever Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur in 2014.
In 2000, he was presented a Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award. Presenting an honour the late South African President Nelson Mandela lauded his regard for the Brazilian.
FIFA had already flown the flags of the world at half-mast Friday outside its headquarters in Zurich in honor of Pele.