Nildon died in October 2008 at the age of 65 after suffering a cardiac arrest on Itaparika Island, where he lived next to one of his children. After retiring at the age of 29, he became a realtor in El Salvador and the manager of a supermarket.
Separated from his wife, he moved to the island, where he worked at a mineral water plant. During this time, Nildon reaped the benefits against Pele, so the former defender always remembered the move.
Alberto Velloso, the son of Nildon, says that after 2004 he even admitted that he had ruined the party prepared for Pele, but would take the same approach. “My son, sport cannot be an exception, I had to contribute,” he said.
Zezan Castro, the reporter responsible for Nildon’s latest interview, says the former defender was not upset by the situation or the insult. If I returned to Fonte Nova to meet with Pele, I would do the same.
After the release of the film, Alberto, the theater director, thought about suing the film producers Pele, but Nielson intervened and asked to forget this case, so as not to be an “opportunist”. He received a fee for using the image, but did not know that the sound of abuse would be included in the script.
“Nildon was not worried about this, he was calm. He was good-natured, not depressed. But that was a lie, and Bahia fans would never do that. This is a big bet on films, ”said journalist Paulo Leandro, who watched the game at the stadium.