Young Santos fans chant for Pele at his wake

STORY: Santos F.C.'s Torcida Jovem - Young Fans in Portuguese - cheered, waved flags and lit red flares next to Pele's coffin to pay their respects to the soccer icon.

Former Brazilian soccer player Jose Ferreira Neto also attended the stadium early on Tuesday to bid his farewell. Neto kissed Pele on the forehead before leaving.

The Brazilian coastal city of Santos, which the sporting giant turned into a byword for soccer brilliance during a glittering club career, is set to bid goodbye to its hero with a 24-hour wake that began on Monday (January 2).