Santos abandon plan to retire number 10 shirt made famous by Pele

    Santos abandoned immediate plans to retire the number 10 shirt that Pelé wore during his career with the Brazilian club.

    Club members are divided on the issue and the emergence of an old video in which Pelé said he was against the idea has apparently led to the proposal being rejected for the time being.

    In a YouTube interview in 2017, Pele is reported to have said, “Maybe it’s better to leave the number 10, because then people will never forget it.”

    Santos president Andrés Rueda said shortly after Pelé’s death that the phasing out of the number 10 shirt would be a “great tribute”, showing that it would be submitted to the club’s board, with the number dropped in the meantime pending a final decision.

    Numerous reports in Brazil have said that Pelé’s daughters have requested that the number be removed, but Santos will no longer act in this way in the near future.

    Pelé won three World Cups with Brazil—in 1958, 1962, and 1970—and was widely regarded as the greatest player of his generation, traveling the world with Santos due to popular international demand.

    Now Rueda said, according to the Sao Paulo newspaper Folha: “An old video has come down to us in which Pele talks about his desire to keep the number 10 shirt.

    “Now the concept has changed a bit. We’ll save this to talk to the family later, now is not the time.”

    Pele played for Santos from 1956 to 1974. The club declared seven days of mourning following his death on Thursday at the age of 82.

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