IN SHORT: Pelé, the Brazilian footballer considered by many the greatest of all time, died on 29 December 2022 at the age of 82. But despite persistent rumours on social media, there is no evidence that Fifa asked to keep the dead man’s feet.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, as he was born, was declared an “official national treasure” by the Brazilian government in 1961 and still holds the Guiness World Record for most wins at the Fifa World Cup by a player.
One post adds that “his family have given the permission for his feet to be kept in the museum”.
But could this claim be true?
Pelé tracksuit in Fifa museum, but not his feet
But we could not find a single official announcement or statement that Fifa would keep Pelé's feet.
A Fifa spokesperson also told fact-checking organisation FullFact that they “completely refute the claim”. Every indication is that the legend was buried intact on 3 January 2023 in his hometown of Santos on the outskirts of São Paulo, Brazil.
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