The stadium has been built specifically for the tournament and Bebeto, who lifted the trophy with the Selecao in 1994, stated his pleasure at seeing the stadium up close.
“Yesterday, when I was arriving in Salvador, it was very emotional to see the stadium from the plane,” Bebeto was quoted as saying on Fifa.com
“I started my career as a player here [in Salvador]. It's still the same thing, but now with a beautiful structure. Congratulations to the workers, you guys should be very proud for helping build a new stadium.”
Ronaldo, who also lifted the World Cup in 1994 and 2002, expressed his happiness at seeing the venue reach completion, and joked that he wished he was still playing to enjoy the surroundings even more.
“It’s a pity that this stadium is only there after I stopped playing. Now I am helping as an administrator to organise the Fifa World Cup, but I feel I could also help on the pitch!”