The outgoing president of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro has ordered a three day National period of mourning following the death of celebrated Football icon Edson Arantes do Nascimento.
Taking to social media pages, the government announced the the period of mourning will be as away of showing respect to the legend.
"As a sign of our deepest respect for the great man and superb athlete “Pelé” Édson Arantes do Nascimento, his family, friends, all of Brazil and multitudes of admirers worldwide, a three-day National period of mourning for the Brazilian hero was decreed by President Bolsonaro." Read the statement.
Pele passed away at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo following a battle with cancer, he leaces a record as the only one to have won the World Cup three times, in 1958, 1962 and 1970, the first of which he conquered as a 17-year-old.
Pele got Elected Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee, and FIFA’s Player of the Century, having the record of 1,281 goals in 1,363 games.
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