Pictures: Brazilians troop out in final farewell to Pele

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Brazilians have turned out on the streets to bid an emotional farewell to their national hero Pele after the World Cup legend died last week at the age of 82.

The three-time World Cup winner passed away on December 29 after a battle with cancer and supporters ensured they did not miss the chance to say their last goodbye at his funeral.

Pele scored 77 goals in 92 appearances for Brazil and helped his country lift the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970. The legendary player spent almost the entirety of his club career playing for Santos. And Santos confirmed that they would be hosting his funeral on Monday.

A hearse carrying the coffin of the former Santos star arrived at Vila Belmiro Stadium drove through the streets with an escort of cars lined up in front and behind

Fans were seen camped on the side of the roads waiting for their last glimpse of the Brazilian footballer before his funeral.

It is expected that hundreds of thousands of people were in attendance for the funeral to pay tribute to the footballer, widely recognised as one of the greatest to grace the game.

According to The Mirror, Pele’s last wish was to choose the ninth floor of a cemetery in his beloved home city of Santos for his final resting place. The location is thought to be a homage to the player’s father Dondinho, who wore the No 9 shirt as a player.