“It is a worthy homage to a man who is recognized the world over for his legacy in Brazilian football and for the corresponding services rendered to our country,” the deputy answerable for the undertaking stated. ‘Rei’ means ‘king’ in Portuguese.
The stadium, host of the ultimate match within the 1950 and 2014 World Cup tournaments, in addition to the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics, has lengthy been named after Mario Filho, a journalist who lobbied for its building within the Forties.
The legislature stated the soccer stadium might be renamed however the bigger sports activities advanced across the floor can retain its present name.
Most Brazilians name it merely the Maracana, after the neighborhood during which it’s situated.
The Rio state governor should give the go-ahead to the name change, which was not met with common acclaim by soccer followers.
Some stated that Mario Filho was extra worthy of the honour, whereas others argued that any new honoree needs to be from Rio – in contrast to Pele, who was born in Minas Gerais state and lived most of his life within the state of Sao Paulo.