FIFA will ask Nigeria and other countries to name a stadium after Pele.

Following Pele’s passing last week, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has confirmed that the world football governing body will urge Nigeria and every other country in the globe to name a stadium after him.

Pele died at the age of 82, and Infantino will invite countries to honor one of the all-time greats with the gesture.

“We are going to ask that every country in the globe have at least one stadium with the name Pele,” said while speaking at Pele’s funeral, which began on Monday in Santos.

He claimed that the reason for this concept would be ‘so that children recognize Pele’s value’.

An emotional Brazil began paying its respects to football legend Pele today, as his coffin arrived at the stadium where he first took the world’s breath away.


Hundreds of fans began filing into the Vila Belmiro, home to Pele’s longtime club Santos, where the open casket bearing the body of ‘The King’ was displayed at the centre circle this morning.

The casket, which was placed under an awning and surrounded by bouquets of white flowers, will remain there for 24 hours.

Pele is the only player to have won the World Cup three times, first at the 1958 edition in Sweden, in Chile in 1962 and Mexico 1970.

During his more than 20 years as a professional footballer, Pele also amassed over 1,200 career goals.