Brazil’s most famous stadium, the Maracana, is set to be renamed in honour of the legendary Pele.
The 80-year-old, whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is a national hero in Brazil, having won three World Cups during his career.
Sky Sports reports the Rio de Janeiro state legislature voted on Tuesday to change its official title to the Edson Arantes do Nascimento – Rei Pele Stadium.
Pele played at the stadium many times for Brazil and scored his 1,000th goal there in 1969 – for Santos against 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 stadium, host of the final match in the 1950 and 2014 World Cup tournaments, as well as the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics, has long been named after Mario Filho, a journalist who lobbied for its construction in the 1940s.
Pele was selected for the rename because of his contributions to his country and world football.
The legislature said the football stadium will be renamed but the larger sports complex around the ground can retain its current name.
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By FARPost Reporter