Guardiola and Conte praise 'incredible' Pele's 'eternal legacy'

Man City boss Pep Guardiola describes Pele’s legacy as ‘ETERNAL’ after his passing this week… as Tottenham manager Antonio Conte remembers the Brazil icon’s ‘incredible’ talent on the ball

  • Pep Guardiola heaped praise on Pele as the Premier League paid tribute to him
  • Football legend Pele died at 82 on Thursday after a long battle with colon cancer 
  • And Tottenham manager Antonio Conte hailed the striker’s ‘incredible’ talent
  • Jurgen Klopp and Brendan Rodgers also paid their respects after Pele’s passing
  • The world’s media lauded Pele as ‘immortal’ after his passing on Thursday night

The Premier League has paid tribute to Pele, with Pep Guardiola hailing the Brazilian’s ‘eternal’ legacy.

Pele died aged 82 on Thursday following a long battle with colon cancer, and clubs in the top flight and EFL will honour his memory this weekend with black armbands and a minute’s applause before games.

The football icon’s death sparked a huge outpouring of affection and respect in Brazil and around the globe, with monuments in his homeland – including Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue and Sao Paulo’s Neo Quimica Arena – lit up in his honour.

Brazilian footballing icon Pele (pictured) passed away at the age of 82 on Thursday evening

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola (above) has hailed the legendary Pele’s ‘eternal legacy’

Outgoing president Jair Bolsonaro has declared three days of mourning.

Manchester City boss Guardiola said: ‘It’s like a good movie, the legacy after many years. That we are still talking about him like a good movie or a good book is because he was so good.

‘I think Pele, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Lionel Messi, Franz Beckenbauer, Cristiano Ronaldo — these type of players will be for ever, they will be eternal.’

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte revealed how he learned all about Pele from his father.

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte (above) revealed he learned all about Pele from his dad

‘My father was in love with Pele because for him, he was the best player in the world. Then I watched the final of the World Cup and it was incredible what he did with the ball,’ said Conte.

‘If I have to compare Pele with Maradona, it is different because with Pele I listened, I had my father and I watched through the TV his quality and that he was an amazing player.

‘With Maradona, I had the opportunity to play against him. Then to see and to touch his ability.’

Pele’s wake will take place on Monday, after the inauguration of president-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, on the pitch at the stadium of Santos, his hometown club.

On Tuesday, a procession carrying his coffin will pass through the streets of Santos, ending at the Ecumenical Memorial Necropolis cemetery, where he will be buried in a private ceremony.

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