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Brazil names “King Pele Day” to honor Football Great


July 3, 2024

Brazil football legend Pele will be honoured in his home country with a commemorative day baptised “King Pele Day”, reported Tuesday’s edition of the government gazette.

“King Pele Day” will be held on November 19 — the date on which the striker scored his 1,000th goal in a match for boyhood club Santos at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana Stadium in 1969.

The law creating the commemorative date was promulgated by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Considered by many the greatest footballer of all time, Edson Arantes do Nascimento — better known as Pele — won three World Cups with Brazil and scored more than 1,000 goals over his storied career.

Pele died on December 29, 2022, aged 82.

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