Remains of deceased Brazilian football legend Garrincha ‘missing’

The deceased Brazilian football legend Garrincha’s remans are missing according to his family.

The legendary winger died in 1983 at the young age of 49. But his relatives said that his remains have been lost in an exhumation.

Garrincha helped Brazil reach World Cup victory in 1958 and 1962, and has played 50 times for Brazil between 1955 and 1966
His daughter Rosangela Santos said: “My father did not deserve this. It’s very upsetting not knowing where he is.”

She added: “The mayor has promised him a mausoleum but they need to find him first.”

Garrincha’s cousin Joao Rogoginsky told O Globo that when another member of the family died and was buried in the same place 10 years ago, Garrincha’s bones were removed to be placed in a niche.

However, he said he did not attend the exhumation and “the family did not receive any documents”.

An administrator of the cemetery in Mage reportedly said: “There’s no certainty that he’s buried. We have information that the body was exhumed but there is no document that proves this.”

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