Gianni Infantino (L) condoles the wife of Pele, Marcia Aoki (C), during his wake at the Urbano Caldeira stadium in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil on Monday. AFP
Infantino was in the city of Santos, Brazil, to pay his final respects to the player widely considered the greatest of all time, who died 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 had already flown the flags of the world at half-mast Friday outside its headquarters in Zurich in honor of Pele, whom the organization has named as the greatest player of the 20th century.
Pele, the only player in history to win three World Cups, died at a Sao Paulo hospital after a long battle with cancer.
Monday's wake will be followed by a funeral procession through the streets of Santos Tuesday, then a private interment ceremony.
Hundreds of fans lined up on Monday to file through 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.
King Pele has been mourned around the world not only because he and his triple crown World Cup Santos football club were widely honoured for victories on the field of play but also because they were celebrated globe trotters who brought the “beautiful game” to millions of people. Although Pele was from a poor, black family and even
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