An emotional Brazil began paying its final respects Monday to football legend Pele with a 24-hour wake at the stadium where he first took the world’s breath away with his exploits.
Hundreds of fans began filing Monday morning into the Vila Belmiro, home to Pele’s longtime club, Santos, where the coffin bearing the remains of “O Rei” (The King) was displayed in the center of the field, before a funeral procession and private burial scheduled for Tuesday.
Also in attendance was FIFA President Gianni Infantino, among other dignitries.
Pele died December 29, 2022 after a long battle with cancer
See photos from the wake below: