Man United's Antony pays tribute to Pele during minute's applause

‘Rest in peace, Pele’: Antony lifts his shirt to pay touching tribute to the Brazilian icon during the minute’s applause ahead of Man United’s clash with Wolves

  • There was a minute’s applause for Pele ahead of Man United’s game with Wolves
  • Antony lifted his shirt to display a message paying tribute to the Brazilian great
  • The message on his shirt was in Portuguese, and read: ‘Rest in peace, Pele’ 

Manchester United winger Antony lifted his shirt to display a touching message in honour of Pele during the minute’s applause ahead of his side’s game against Wolves on Saturday.

Pele passed away on Thursday at the age of 82 following a battle with colon cancer, and Premier League clubs have agreed to hold a minute’s applause in his memory prior to all top-flight matches this weekend.

As the players gathered around the centre circle at Molineux, Antony raised his jersey, and on his undershirt read the message: ‘Descanza en paz Pele’ (Rest in peace, Pele), as he paid tribute to his fellow countryman.

Antony lifted his shirt to display the message ‘Rest in peace, Pele’ ahead of kick-off

Pele’s face was displayed on the big screen as a minute’s applause was held at Molineux

Pele’s death has led to tributes pouring in from around the world for the global superstar, particularly from Brazilian players, past and present. 

Brazilian superstar Neymar, who currently wears the No 10 shirt that Pele made famous, posted an emotional message on Instagram on Thursday.

His statement read: ‘Before Pelé, 10 was just a number. I’ve read this phrase somewhere, at some point in my life.

‘But this sentence, beautiful, is incomplete. I would say before Pelé football was just a sport.

‘Pelé has changed it all.

‘He turned football into art, into entertainment. Gave voice to the poor, blacks and mostly: Gave visibility to Brazil.

Brazilian players have been paying tribute to Pele since his death, with Neymar delivering a particularly touching message to the Brazilian great on his Instagram

‘Soccer and Brazil have raised their status thanks to the King! He’s gone but his magic remains.

‘Pelé is FOREVER!!’

Meanwhile, Ronaldo, who followed in Pele’s footsteps by winning the World Cup in 2002, also paid his respects to the great man.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘What a privilege to come after you, my friend. Your talent is a school every player should go through. His legacy transcends generations. And that’s how you’ll live on. 

‘Today and always, we will celebrate you. Thank you, Pele. Rest in peace.’

Antony has now delivered his own special message, honouring the three-time World Cup winner who is widely regarded as the greatest player to ever lace up a pair of boots. 

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