Brazilian city of Santos bids farewell to Pele

STORY: Relatives of Pele joined hands around the casket of soccer legend for a prayer on Monday (January 2) as mourners paid their respects to the Brazilian soccer icon.

Family members, including Pele's wife Marcia, held hands as son Edinho said a prayer.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino also paid his respects before the coffin of sporting giant Pele.

Pele, who died on Thursday (December 29) at the age of 82 after battling colon cancer, will be buried in a private service after the wake concludes on Tuesday (January 2).

Edson Arantes do Nascimento - Pele's given name - was born in 1940 in the small country town of Tres Coracoes, but moved to Santos in 1956 and lived there for most of his life.