Cape Verde became the first country to rename a stadium after Pele. Cape Verde Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva said: “Pele has been and always will be an example in Brazil, in our Portuguese-speaking world and the rest of the world, an idol connecting the many worlds. system. In tribute to this great man, I express the intention (of the Government) to name our national stadium ‘Pele Stadium’. This is an initiative that I am sure several countries around the world will join us in.”
Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva also stressed that Brazil and Cape Verde have a cultural history that goes hand in hand and links both in language and culture.
Cape Verde is an island country in Africa and the main language is Portuguese, like Brazil. The Cape Verde Government’s official website says it has informed FIFA of its intention to rename the stadium.
Earlier, FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, urged countries to name one of the stadiums in that country after the football legend of samba. Infantino’s comments were made when he attended Pele’s funeral.
Recently, the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, announced that the road leading to the legendary Maracana stadium would be renamed Pele Avenue in honor of the “King of Football”.
Pele died at the age of 82 at dawn on December 30, 2022 (Hanoi time) at Albert Einstein Hospital after a long battle with cancer. During his lifetime, Pele was considered one of the greatest players in Brazil and the world.
He won the World Cup three times in 1958, 1962 and 1970, scoring more than 1,000 goals during his career. The Samba football legend is buried in the Necropolis cemetery (Santos, Sao Paulo).
Nguyen Son | 11:20 am 05/01/2023