Pele will be buried on the ninth floor of a vertical cemetery, overlooking the Santos football pitch in his beloved home city, to honor his father who wore the No. 9 shirt as a player.
On Tuesday the footballing legend will be laid in the vault at the Memorial Necropole Ecumenica – just half a mile away from the stadium that made him famous.
The Brazilian player spent a long time thinking about where he wanted to be buried, deciding on his final resting place by paying homage to his father, Dodinho.
Dodinho, who died in 1996, was a center forward who wore the No. 9 shirt.
Pele will be buried on the ninth floor of a vertical cemetery, overlooking the Santos football pitch in his beloved home city, to honor his father who wore the No 9 shirt as a player
On Tuesday the footballing legend will be laid in the vault at the Memorial Necropole Ecumenica (pictured) thought to be the tallest vertical cemetery in the world, containing more than 14,000 vaults
In a mark of respect to his father, Pele chose to be buried on the ninth floor of the world’s tallest, vertical cemetery, the Mirror reports.
Fans of the football superstar believe that this resting place will mean Pele can watch over his favorite football pitch for eternity.
The vertical cemetery was built in 1983 and has more than 14,000 vaults. It has a tropical garden, restaurant and even a classic car museum.
Following the funeral, the country will enter three days of national mourning.
Many of the other details regarding the ceremony have been kept a secret, however, it has been reported by the Mirror that the coffin will be painted a special golden color, with a number of carvings and etchings of Pele on either side.
Members of the public will be able to get 24 hours to pay tribute to Pele as his coffin lies on the center circle of the pitch where he played the majority of his career.
A 24-hour public wake will be held at the Vila Belmiro stadium, home of Santos, where Pele played most of his career. His coffin will be laid to rest on the ninth floor of the world’s tallest cemetery, where fans believe he will have an eternal view of the stadium that made him famous.
The vertical cemetery was built in 1983 and has more than 14,000 vaults. It has a tropical garden, restaurant and even a classic car museum
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, died on Thursday following a long battle against cancer. The legend, better known as Pele, was 82.
He is the only man to have won three world cups, in 1958, 1962 and 1970, and is widely considered to be the greatest player of all time.
Fans visited the cemetery yesterday to pay their respects to the footballer as they stood near the vault.
One fan, who was close to tears, paid his respects to both Pele and his father.
He told the Mirror: ‘We wanted to come today because this will all be sealed off by the police tomorrow.
We came to pay our respects and show the children Pele’s final resting place and what the city of Santos meant to him.
Football legend Pele, pictured in New York in 1975, will be laid to rest in a massive multi-story cemetery in Santos on Tuesday
‘And it overlooks the Vila Belmiro stadium where he graced the pitch on so many occasions.’
Pele’s coffin is currently at Vila Belmiro Stadium, where hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to pass on Monday. It will remain there for 24 hours.
On Tuesday his coffin will be taken through a suburb of Santos where his 100-year-old mother Dona Celeste still lives.
His mother, who is in ill health, is ‘aware’ of her son’s death from colon cancer.
Speaking yesterday Pele’s sister Maria said: ‘We talk but she doesn’t know the situation. She’s in her own world.’
Pele died at the age of 82 at Sao Paolo’s Albert Einstein Hospital on December 28 from multiple organ failure.
Referring to the three-time World Cup champion by his family childhood nickname of Dico, she added: ‘She opens her eyes when I mention his name and say, ‘We’re going to pray for him’ but she’s not really conscious of what I’m saying.’
After the coffin is taken through the city’s suburbs, Pele will be taken to his final resting place, the Memorial Necrópole Ecumênica, which was dubbed ‘A Tomb With A View’ in a 2014 short film on the cemetery.
His funeral has been delayed to allow the transition of power from outgoing Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and the inauguration of President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Monday morning.
The football star’s death has led to an outpouring of grief around the globe.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Pele’s influence in the world game will be eternal.
Guardiola said: ‘On behalf of Manchester City, the biggest condolences for his family and friends. Football is football thanks to these types of people.
‘Neymar said a great sentence when he said before (Pele) number 10 was just a number and after it became something special.
‘Every top player wanted to wear number 10 in their team. What he has done for football is there and always will remain.
Monuments across the globe have been lit up in memory of Pele, including the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro
It’s like a good movie, the legacy after many years. That we are still talking about him like a good movie or a good book is because he was so good.
I think Pele, (Diego) Maradona, (Johan) Cruyff, (Lionel) Messi, (Franz) Beckenbauer, Cristiano Ronaldo – these types of players will be forever, they will be eternal.
They have done many things in many years on the pitch and off it and with their teams and countries.
These types of players make our business, our work, our job, however you want to say it, a better place because what he produced, what we have seen in the World Cup, what one team can produce can change 48 million people, the country. It’s unbelievable.’
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said the Brazilian players in his Gunners side, which include Gabriel Magalhaes, vice-captain Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Marquinhos, have been mourning the death of their compatriot.
He said: ‘We talked about (his legacy) the other day and obviously they are very emotional because he’s one of the most popular figures in Brazil, and it’s a big loss.
Outside Santos City Hall, floral tributes spelling out their most famous son have been left by mourners
‘Obviously everything that I’ve seen of him and heard of him has been through videos and people who knew him personally, and a lot of relationships I’ve always had in football, but someone that probably changed the dimension of a single player in world football, because he could do a bit of everything.
He was probably the most complete player that the game has ever seen, and it is a big loss. We had two big losses with him and Maradona in the last (two years).’
Frank Lampard, the former England and Chelsea midfielder who is now manager of Everton, recognizes the enormous impact Pele had in the game.
Lampard, 44, said: ‘There’s huge respect for him as a player and as a person, as all the responses since yesterday have shown. He was a great man as well as a great player.
He was one of the greatest without a doubt, so a sad day for football.
The reach of his name in the game was obviously huge. It just gets bigger with age. We have lost him unfortunately but his name will continue forever because of his impact on the game.’