The international governing body of association football, FIFA has said that it will ask all the world’s countries to name a stadium after Brazilian football legend Pele, the head of the sport’s governing body, Gianni Infantino, said this at the late icon’s wake.
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.
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.
The wake which was held on Monday will be followed by a funeral procession through the streets of Santos today, then a private interment ceremony. CHANNELS