Pele laid to rest as thousands of mourners line streets for emotional send-off

In footage uploaded to social media, fans were seen dancing, singing and chanting to commemorate his death, with huge white flags bearing Pele’s face and the Santos club emblem, as well as the Brazil national flag.

But at the private family service, the mood was much more sombre.

His son, daughter and close family were in attendance as Brazil president Lula was spotted in attendance as he embraced Pele’s widow Marcia Aoki.

Santos manager Odair Hellmann and his players were among those to pay their respects to Pele on Monday. He was pictured looking visibly emotional as he walked beside the coffin on Monday.