In March, MPs from Rio de Janeiro voted to rename the legendary stadium from Maracana to “King Bailey Stadium.” They want to commemorate one of the greatest football players in history in this way, but their plan will not come true. They were vetoed by Governor Claudio Castro.
Maracana will not change its name.The governor rejected the plan
All because of the protests of the fans. Pele has never been in contact with Rio de Janeiro. He came from another state and spent most of his life in Sao Paulo. Of course, he often plays for Maracana in the colors of the national team or Santos, but according to the fans, this is not enough. Currently, the stadium that participated in the 1950 and 2014 World Cup finals is named after Mario Filho, and the reporter lobbied for its building.
Bele, who has just reached 80, has never commented on the plans of Rio de Janeiro’s politicians. But his teammate Kasem in 1970 called the idea “ridiculous.”