Applause, shirts with the number '10' and a hall of honor for their relatives was how Plameiras and Flamingo paid homage to the late star Pelé, this Saturday before the start of the Brazilian Super Cup.
Two of 'O Rei's' daughters, Flavia and Kely Nascimento, walked in the middle of a hall of honor formed by the players on the grass of the Mané Garrincha stadium.
Women carried two of the three World Cups won by the former striker, the only footballer to win three world titles (1958, 1962, 1970). The third was in the hands of the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Ednaldo Rodrigues.
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The Flamengo and Palmeiras players wore shirts with the '10' stamped on the front. And in the stands of the packed sports venue a gigantic white flag was unfurled with a photograph of a youthful Edson Arantes do Nascimento.
“Pelé is the greatest player of all time and deserves to be remembered forever by the CBF. We will always work to preserve his history and perpetuate his legacy, ”said Rodrigues, quoted in a note from the entity.
The thousands of attendees applauded the tribute to the "king of soccer", who died of cancer on December 29 in a hospital in Sao Paulo.
Palmeiras prevailed 4-3.