Following the recent passing of Brazilian football legend Pele at the age of 82 last year, FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced that he plans to ask every country in the world to name a football stadium after the great player.
Pele passed away on the 29th of December 2022 after a battle with colon cancer which he had been enduring since September 2021.
Infantino, who attended the sport legend’s funeral in São Paulo, Brazil, told local reporters that he plans to ask every country in the world to name one of their football stadiums with the name of Pele.
“His life is about more than football. He changed perceptions for the better in Brazil, in South America and across the world. His legacy is impossible to summarise in words” stated Infantino.
Rio de Janeiro had scrapped plans to name the famous Maracana Stadium after Pele after it was vetoed by the state governor in April of 2021.