Brazil sporting legend Pele will not be the man lighting the Olympic cauldron at this evening's opening ceremony.
The 75-year-old former footballer was the favourite to light the cauldron during the ceremony, following in the footsteps of sporting heroes like Muhammad Ali and Cathy Freeman.
However, the three-time World Cup winner, and arguably one of the greatest sportspeople to come out of Brazil, won't be called upon after suffering from muscle pains.
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Pele also had hip surgery earlier this year and it has been decided that he won't be the man to light the Olympic cauldron this evening.
"I'm not in physical condition to take part in the opening ceremony," he said.
"Only God is more important than my health. In my life, I've had fractures, surgeries, pain, hospital stays, victories and defeats. And I've always respected those who admire me."
Pele was also quick to admit it was his own decision not to light the flame, putting his own health first, rather than others making the decision for him.
The 75-year-old is not only a Brazilian legend, but he is a worldwide icon in the sports world, making over 650 club appearances during spells with Santos and New York Cosmos.
He also reached 91 caps for Brazil, winning the World Cup three times with them and scoring 71 goals.