Football legend Pele honoured after famous stadium revamp

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Pele (pictured) holding up the World Cup trophy.
The Maracana stadium has been renamed after Pele (pictured) for his service to Brazilian football. (Getty Images)

Brazil's most famous stadium is all set for a new identity to honour football icon Pele after the Rio de Janeiro state legislature voted to change the name.

Maracana stadium is set to be officially called the Edson Arantes do Nascimento - Rei Pele stadium.

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The 80-year-old Pele, whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, played at the stadium many times for Brazil and scored his 1000th goal there in 1969 - for Santos against local club Vasco da Gama.

"It is a worthy homage to a man who is recognised the world over for his legacy in Brazilian football and for the corresponding services rendered to our country," the deputy responsible for the project said.

'Rei' means 'king' in Portuguese.

The Maraca stadium

The Maracana has held some of the sporting world's most prominent events, including the 1950 and 2014 World Cup Finals and 2016 Olympic opening ceremony.

The stadium was originally named after journalist Mario Filho after his lobbying for the construction of the huge arena in the 1940s.

Most Brazilians recognise the stadium as the Maracana, which is the name of neighbourhood the stadium lives.

General view of the stadium before a match between Flamengo and Internacional as part of 2020 Brasileirao Series A at Maracana Stadium on February 21, 2021 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
General view of the stadium before a match between Flamengo and Internacional as part of 2020 Brasileirao Series A at Maracana Stadium on February 21, 2021 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

However, the Rio state governor has to pass off on the name change.

While expexted, the name change has been met with some resistance after many thought Filho was more worthy of the honour.

Many also claimed Pele wasn't born in Rio de Janeiro, but in Minas Gerais and lived most of his life in Sau Paulo.

with AAP

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