World Cup: Where is Pele?

Pele has been noticeably absent from the tournament amid suggestions he had a fallout with Fifa.

FILE: Former Brazilian soccer player Pele. Picture: AFP.

SAO PAULO - With the World Cup well and truly underway, Pele, Brazil's most iconic player, has been noticeably absent from the tournament.

The 73-year-old, who is widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, was named an honorary ambassador in the build-up to the tournament but has not been seen at either of the host nation's first two matches.

At the opening ceremony in Sao Paulo, attended by President Dilma Rousseff and a handful of visiting heads of state, Pele was nowhere to be seen despite living close by in the port city of Santos.

He missed Brazil's second game in Fortaleza after getting stuck in Brazil's notorious traffic near Sao Paulo.

Some suggest the icon has had a falling out with Fifa and rather than Pele, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has been tipped as the personality most likely to hand over the trophy after the 13 July final in Rio de Janeiro to which most would argue would be a massive slap in the face to the man referred to by locals as the 'king'.

For more from the tournament, v isit EWN's World Cup 2014 Portal.