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‘Black Pearl’ Pele gets warm welcome in Delhi

Brazilian football legend Pele tonight set foot in the Capital to a warm reception with around 100-odd enthusiastic fans and officials turning up to receive him at the airport in his first visit here.

Thrice World Cup winner Pele, who is considered the greatest ever footballer, landed at the Indira Gandhi International terminal at 8.15 pm in an Air India flight from Kolkata where he had spent three days in his second visit to that city.

The 74-year-old was received at the airport by officers of the Air Force, which is organising the Subroto Cup school tournament, with a few fans also turning up. Pele was greeted by Air Force Sports Control Board secretary Vijay Yadav and director Souvik Bhattacharya.

As soon as Pele stepped out of the terminal, some fans shouted his name and a girl was seen holding a placard that read ‘The Black Pearl Welcome’. One Air Force personnel came with a pencil sketch of his bust. Sporting a blazer and a formal shirt, Pele smiled as soon as he came out through the VIP gate.

The crowd mostly comprised Air Force personnel and sportspersons representing it.

Pele, who turns 75 on October 23, is here on a two-day visit on the invitation of the Subroto Cup International. He will be the chief guest of the Under-17 boys final match of the Subroto Cup at the Ambedkar Stadium on October 16.
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