Pelé made Santos, the team and the port city famous

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  • Pelé is considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all time</p></li></ul><p>For decades, fans around the world sent thousands of letters, postcards and packages to the sports legend without address or full name.</p><p>Almost without fail, everything arrived at Eson Arants do Nascimento's office in the port city he made famous.</p><p>Santos was founded by the Portuguese in January 1546. It has the largest port in Latin America, serving the Sao Paulo area and from there to the rest of the world. Brazil exports its agricultural goods to the rest of the world.</p><p>It wasn't until a sensational 15-year-old striker started his career. This led to scoring goals for the team from the city, with 430,000 inhabitants today, that Santos became the world's most famous team. in a household name. The Brazilian star, who passed away on Thursday at age 82 after battling cancer, he played the game. on the local team from 1956 to 1974.</p><p>“There is a Santos before and after Pelé,” the 1982 World Cup and local hero who scored more than 100 goals for the club.</p><p>“Pelé put the city and the club on the map. Before him, people came to work at the port and go to the beach”.</p><p>Chulapa played He played for Santos FC four times during the 1980s. After his retirement he has held various responsibilities at the club, some alongside Pelé.</p><p>“Santos is not a metropolis like Sao Paulo, we must work for less money. And since it began When he went to play for the club, Pele was born. turned it into into a giant,” Chulapa said. “Santos reached his goal. her heyday with him”.</p><p>Pelé gave Santos two Copa Libertadores and two Intercontinental Cups against Benfica and AC Milan after defeating some of the best rivals in the world. The Brazilian star won the title. 26 titles with the club.</p><p>Some of Brazil's top politicians, such as President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, have lived in the coastal city.</p><p> But one of the main tourist attractions in Santos is the Pelé Museum. It is located in the renovated area of ​​Casaroes do Valongo, close to the port city. It was inaugurated in 2014 and attracts tens of thousands of tourists.</p><p>Many visitors are like Gisela Claudia, 65 years old and who came to Spain. on a cruise to spend New Year's Eve in the city.</p><p>“It's my first time in Santos. I only came on this cruise because my husband wanted to visit the city of Pele”, Claudia said.</p><p>“Over there. he's lost in the museum & rdquo; in reference to her husband. “There are other beaches on this tour that are more beautiful than this one. But none of them have this story of the greatest player”</p><p>The museum displays some of the remaining Pele memorabilia: shoes, trophies, medals, jerseys.</p><p>Santos became a fan of football. a destination frequented since New Year's Eve, especially among the inhabitants of Sao Paulo who are admirers of their teams, beaches and some private islands where parties are held.</p><p>The Vila Belmiro stadium of the local club, where on Monday they will have Where Pelé's funeral took place, it continues to be one of the main tourist attractions in the city.</p><p>The last time Santos returned to the city, The 16,000-seat stadium was filled between 2009 and 2013, when striker Neymar played for the team.</p><p>Santos was also the team of other famous players, most of whom came from his academy a lot. after Pelé's retirement.</p><p>The list includes Rodrygo, Elano, Zé Roberto, Giovanni, Robinho, Diego and Gabriel Barbosa.</p><p>Anything expected. that after the death of the sports star many names change in Santos. The first will be the port, which will be renamed Puerto Rey Pelé; by decision of the new federal government.</p><p>Architect María Tereza Myre Dores, one of Pelé's closest friends, was born. and a neighbor of his in the last years of her life in the nearby city of Guaruja, said that the club and the city of Santos will never be the same again.</p><p>“ Pelé it was Santos. He loved the city, the club. “He made them better and made them famous,” Myre Dores said.</P></p><p> “I still remember the afternoons I spent in his office signing letters and T-shirts for people from everywhere. One by one and returning them, even those that only came with three words: Pelé, Santos, Brazil,” said the architect. “Without him, Santos is less Santos.”</p>  <script async src=

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