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Pele arrives by helicopter to celebrate Santos centenary

The legendary Brazil striker touched down with the Copa Libertadores trophy and was greeted by around 15,000 supporters in Vila Belmiro for the Peixe's 100 year anniversary

Pele has asserted that he is confident Santos will have a bright future after attending their centenary dinner on Saturday to mark 100 years since the club's inception.

The 71-year-old arrived at the Peixe's celebrations in helicopter with the Copa Libertadores trophy, before being greeted by 15,000 fans upon landing in Vila Belmiro.

He said: "I am very happy to reconnect with old friends today, but I am also sad because they are not all here.

"I'm sure they are present at God's side during this beautiful occasion. I have always said that I did not do anything alone.

"Thanks to everyone who is in my company, and those who always have been. The legacy we have left Santos is one only God could understand."

Pele then switched his attentions to the future of Santos, and stated that he wants to continue working in the background to ensure his club remain one of the best around.

"Now, [the legacy] continues with the emergence of new generations. However, like [Mario] Zagallo said, you'll have to put up with me for a long time."

The former striker is regarded as the greatest player to have ever played for Santos, scoring over 500 goals in an 18-year spell between 1956 and 1974.