The President of Santos do Brasil, Andrés Ruedasaid this Saturday that the club where he was born for soccer Edson Arantes do Nascimento ‘Pele’will keep his shirt number 10, as it was discovered that this was his wish.
Pelé died last Thursday at the age of 82 as a result of complications from colon cancer that had been detected months before and, among the many tributes in his memory, the club Saints He had considered the possibility of definitively withdrawing the number 10, even until the family asked for it.
However, in statements to local media, Rueda explained that in recent days an interview that Pelé gave to a journalist in 2017 was discovered, in which he was asked directly about the possibility of Santos retiring the number 10.
“He clearly said that he did not like the idea,” said Rueda, who pointed out that, after Pelé’s own statement, the idea has been ruled out by the club’s board of directors.
In this way, the 10 shirt that Pelé immortalized at Santos will continue, at least during the next season, in the hands of the Venezuelan. Yeferson Soteldo.
Vigil preparations are advancing
This Saturday, Santos made progress in the preparations for Pelé’s wake, which will begin next Monday and will last 24 hours.
It will be on the lawn of the Vila Belmiro Stadiumfrom the city of Santos, which already has two white tents installed to receive the thousands of fans who wish to say goodbye to ‘O Rei’.
One of the tents, located in the center of the field, will house the coffin with the mortal remains of Pelé and the chairs where his relatives will sit; and the other, on one side, will be reserved for authorities.
Fans will be able to circulate on a walkway arranged on the grass, parallel to the central tent, about five meters from the place where the coffin will be located.
On Tuesday, after concluding the wake, there will be a funeral procession that will go through the streets of Santos, a port city located about 80 kilometers from Sao Paulo and that will pass through the Canal 6 area, where the Pele’s mother, Celeste Aranteswho is 100 years old.
Finally, the procession will head towards the Ecumenical Necropolis Memorial Cemeterywhere Pelé’s remains will be entombed in a private ceremony, reserved for family members.