Pele’s likeness will live on forever…
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has unveiled a statue of the 79-year-old futbol living legend at its headquarters, the first of a series of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the team’s third World Cup triumph.
Pele, who will be 80 in October and finds it difficult to walk, wasn’t present at the ceremony in the CBF’s museum but had been given a preview of the statue, which he declared “perfect.”
Jairzinho, Clodoaldo and Brito were among members of the 1970 team present at the ceremony along with Brazil coach Tite.
The 1970 Brazil side, led by Pele and featuring names like Gerson, Tostao, Rivelinoand Carlos Alberto, is known as one of the greatest teams of all time. They won all seven of their matches in Mexico that June, culminating with a 4-1 over Italy in the final at the Aztec stadium.
The statue of Pele, dressed in the strip worn by the 1970 team, bears a close resemblance to the former Santos and New York Cosmosstriker.
Many of Pele’s recent appearances have been in a wheelchair as his health has slowly deteriorated.
His son Edinho said in an interview in February that the Brazil legend is depressed over his poor health and reluctant to leave the house because he cannot walk unaided.