FIFA plans to ask every country in the world to name a stadium in honour of the late football legend Pele, its president Gianni Infantino has said.
Rio de Janeiro scrapped plans to name the famous Maracana Stadium after Pele after it was vetoed by the state governor in April 2021.
The football legend’s coffin was placed inside the Vila Belmiro stadium in his hometown of Santos on Monday, the home ground of the club where he scored some of the best goals of his career.
Mr Infantino released a statement on the day Pele died which read: “For everyone who loves the beautiful game, this is the day we never wanted to come. The day we lost Pele.”
He described Pele, whose real name was Edson Arantes do Nascimento, as an “exemplary sportsman” and added: “Pele had a magnetic presence and, when you were with him, the rest of the world stopped.