Brazil has produced some of the best soccer players of all time. But, perhaps the greatest Brazilian soccer player to grace the field, was Pelé. On 29th December 2022, he died after a battle with colon cancer. There were reports that Pelé was moved to end-of-life care in early December. His fight came to an end at the age of 82.
His home country honored the legendary figure after his demise by announcing a mourning period of 3-days. Tributes also poured in from fans around the world, as they offered their condolences. However, a rumor has been doing the rounds that Pelé’s feet will be stored at a FIFA museum as a sign of respect. But, judging by the posts on Twitter, fans do not seem to agree with the idea.
Here are some fan reactions on the matter
— FIFA will keep pele’s feet in the museum. His family has given the permission to FIFA to take pele feet pic.twitter.com/fHl8TYogfj— kongtainment (@kongtainment) December 30, 2022
News hitting my desk, suggest that FIFA MIGHT KEEP PELE’S FEET IN A SPECIAL MUSEUM, his family consent might have been given. pic.twitter.com/KS3CtnnCSl— Clifton successful1 dummy account (@spyspy00593736) December 31, 2022
Apparentlyyyyyy FIFA are going to be keeping Pele’s feet in a museum? HIS FEET? Like I get it but surely there’s another way to honour him no? pic.twitter.com/jPTX36XvZj— e (@emzeenox) December 30, 2022
There is no way they are cutting Pele’s feet off to keep in a museum is there? Is there??— Chris (@Kristov086) December 30, 2022
fifa will keep pele’s feet in the museum, bruh this is insane— 999🎧 (@rbns26184520) December 31, 2022
There’s a museum that’s going to have Pele’s actual feet there on display.— .\nthony Vescio (@vesh88) December 31, 2022
What happens if Johnny Sinns dies 😂
I hear #Pele feet will be displayed in a museum. I don’t get it, I thought he wanted to play football with Maradona in heaven.— Kyle B (@Kyle_Ty_B) December 30, 2022
After his tragic passing, Brazil’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue was lit in green and yellow. It was a gesture to honor the late legend for his heroics for the Brazilian national team. He won 3 World Cups in Brazilian colors. Even the national team paid homage to him in their match against South Korea at the 2022 World Cup. However, the idea of keeping his feet in a FIFA museum does sound bizarre.
Is there any truth to Pelé’s feet being stored at a museum?
Despite all the rabid rumors on Twitter, there is no official word on the matter. Some rumors even went as far as to state that Pelé’s family agreed to it. However, there is no official statement that confirms it. On top of that, ESPN added that Pele’s funeral will take place across two days. Upcoming Monday and Tuesday will see the World Cup winner laid to rest.
However, none of the reports include the news of his feet being stored at a FIFA museum. Hence, the fans and well-wishers can rest easy. His funeral will take place in his hometown. Pelé’s coffin will be placed at the center of his boyhood club Santos’ ground. From Monday at 10 am to Tuesday at 10 am, fans will have the opportunity to say goodbye to their favorite soccer star.
Before finally laying him to rest, his coffin will make one final stop at his mother’s house. Pelé’s mother Celeste, who is 100 years of age, is bedridden. Hence, it will be her farewell to her world-conquering son. As per his own admission, Pele has a record of scoring 1283 in his entire career.