Some games carry class connotations. Golf, tennis and even cricket are generally considered an elite preserve while football is looked upon as more working class. Anyone can play football, and unlike golf or tennis, you do not need any dress code: just your feet, even if they are bare.
Football legend Pele told Kylian Mbappe on Tuesday that he believes the French World Cup winner can emulate his own achievement of scoring 1,000 career goals.
Hundreds of fans lined up on Monday to file through the Vila Belmiro, home to Pele's longtime club, Santos, where the coffin bearing the remains of "O Rei" (The King) was displayed in the center of the field.
Whether or not Pele scored almost 1,300 goals in his professional soccer career, all of his biographers agree that the three-time World Cup champion wrote more than 100 songs and sold more than 100,000 copies of one of his albums.
Outside Sao Paulo's Albert Einstein hospital, where Pele had been undergoing treatment, fans gathered to mourn the loss of one of the greatest ever exponents of the beautiful game, displaying Pele memorabilia on a clothesline by the entrance.
"Edson Arantes do Nascimento was an outstanding son of the Brazilian people," Putin said in a telegram to Brazil's outgoing leader, Jair Bolsonaro. "I was lucky to personally speak with this wonderful person, and I will forever keep the brightest memories of him," Putin said.
Pele's arrival in New York changed that, bringing fans, visibility and glamour for a short-lived period in which football — and not the American version — become the hottest ticket in town.
Fifa chief Infantino was in the city of Santos, Brazil, to pay his final respects to the player widely considered the greatest of all time, who died on Thursday at the age of 82.
They call it the goat not the boat. You can never possibly decide who was the best footballer of all time, the most technically able, the most decisive.