Thousands join street procession for Pele

STORY: The casket traveled on top of a white firefighters truck and was covered with a Brazil flag. Several police officers on motorbikes were seen escorting the procession.

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.

Pele, a prolific goalscorer who won the World Cup an unprecedented three times as a player in 1958, 1962, and 1970, died aged 82 after a long battle with cancer.