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Brazil says final farewell to ‘King’ Pele

President Lula leads tributes to football icon in his home town

Marcia Aoki, the wife of the late Brazilian football legend Pele, wipes away a tear at his wake at Urbano Caldeira stadium in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil on Tuesday. (Photo: AFP)

SANTOS, Brazil: President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva led the tributes on Tuesday as Brazil said its final farewell to football legend Pele, widely regarded as the greatest player of all time.

Lula, who took office on Sunday in a ceremony that started with a minute’s silence for Pele, travelled to the southeastern city of Santos to pay his respects to family and friends of Pele.

Visibly moved, Lula and First Lady Rosangela “Janja” da Silva paused before Pele’s…

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