The Brazilian government has declared a-three-day national holiday to mourn the late Brazilian soccer maestro, Edson Arantes do Nascimento aka Pele, who died yesterday after a long battle with cancer.
The announcement was made on Friday by President Jair Bolsonaro, whose tenure at office as the 38th president of Brazil is expected to come to an end in two days. In his address, Bolsonaro made the following remark about the deceased footballer:
“Pele was a great citizen and patriot, raising the name of Brazil wherever he went,” he said.
In a tweet the president-elect, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has reacted to this announcement saying: “few Brazilians carried the name of our country as far as he did”.
In less than 24 hours since the announcement of the death of the great legend, there has been an overflow of tributes from netizens across the worlds.