He mausoleum which was built to house the Pele’s golden coffin began receiving visitors on Monday. On the second floor of a vertical cemetery in the city of saintson the outskirts of sao paulothe mausoleum welcomes fans with two golden statues of Pelé.
Inside, the floor has artificial grass and the walls are covered with images of supporters in the stadium while cheers are heard on the loudspeakers, as if Pele was still playing. The ceiling above the coffin of the three-time world champion footballer is painted blue.
Pele He was laid to rest in the cemetery on January 3, five days after he passed away at age 82 from colon cancer.
“This was done with a lot of love by the people who knew him, who lived through it. It is the essence of what it was”, said an emotional Edson Cholbi do Nascimentoone of Pelé’s sons, in a small ceremony attended by friends and family.
The owner of the cemetery Pepe Alstut, who passed away in 2018, planned the mausoleum. Alstut hoped that the mausoleum would be placed on the ninth floor overlooking the stadium. Vila Belmiro of the Santos club, where Pelé played for 18 years. But his family buried him on the second floor so fans had better access.
“I’m shaking. The energy of this place is unreal,” said Erica Nascimento, a 42-year-old economist.
Former soccer player Roberto Milano, 56, was also moved. “It’s part of my life,” Milano acknowledged. “As we get older we need to follow the best role models. Maybe it was the biggest model.”
Pele brought to Brazil to win three World Cups in 1958, 1962 and 1970. He is the only player who has won three. Last month the Brazilian dictionary added “Pele” as an adjective to describe someone “exceptional, incomparable and unique”. The Michaelis dictionary ad was part of a campaign that gathered 125,000 signatures to honor the legacy of the iconic soccer player.