A match-issued Pele Santos jersey from 1956 on sale at an auction in June 2023.

Santos retire club legend’s shirt number until promoted back to Brazil’s top flight

Brazilian giants Santos were relegated for the first time in their 111-year history when they lost 2-1 at home to Fortaleza earlier this week thanks to a 50-yard Juan Lucero wonder goal.

It triggered a fierce backlash, with fans seen burning cars in the street post-match. Santos have won eight domestic titles and are thought to be the highest-scoring team in football, boasting stars such as Neymar, Robinho, Coutinho and Carlos Alberto.

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