Pele – Unworn soccer jersey signed
Unworn Brazil Jersey Signed by Pélé
Pele, you know him! Pele is the most iconic footballer of the twentieth century. He epitomised the flair, joy and passion the brazilians bought to the game.
Pele was born Edson Arantes do Nascimento on october 23rd 1940 in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil. In his childhood, he gained a nickname “Pele”, after he mispronouced the name of a goalkeeper ‘Pile’ instead of “Bile”. And Pile became Pele.
Pele grew up in poverty in São Paulo. He was taught to play football by his father (who used to play football), but often he had to practice with a sock stuffed with newspapers because he could not afford to buy a football.
In his youth, Pele played in indoor leagues, and this helped increase his speed of reactions. He rose through the youth leagues and at the age of 15 was signed by Santos FC. He was soon marked out as a future star. By the age of 16, he was the top scorer in the brazilian league and received a call up for the brazilian national side. Interest was such that the brazilian President declared Pele a national treasure to prevent him being bought by foreign clubs such as Manchester United.
As a teenager, the young and unknown Pele helped inspire Brazil to victory in the 1958 world cup. He scored in the final during a 5-2 win over Sweden. For the first time, Brazil become FIFA World Cup champion. Pele finished the competition with six goals in the space of three games et became, at seventeen, the youngest winner of this trophy and the best hope in football. In 1966, brazil were hot favourites, but, lost out to the home nation England.
At the 1970 World Cup, King Pele won the world trophy for the third time. A day that marks the climax of his international career and of this team from Brazil which was on the roof of the world.
In the finale 4-1 win over Italy, Carlos Alberto, the legendary captain closed the show by scoring one of the most beautiful goals in the football history at the cost of a sumptuous collective effort.
Pele went on to score over 1,000 goals in professional games. His strike rate in international games was one of the highest ever. In 92 appearances, he scored 77 goals.
In the domestic league, Pele made his debut for Santos aged just 16. He played for Santos in the brazilian league from until the 1972-73 season.
This outstanding player finished his career in the lucrativeUS league where he contributes to the development of this sport in USA.
In 1975, he signed for New York Cosmos and played three seasons. He led the New York Cosmos to the US title in 1977 – the year of his retirement.
After retiring has gone on to be a great ambassador for football and sport in general. In 1992, Pele was appointed ambassador of United Nations for ecology and the environment. He was also appointed a Unesco goodwill ambassador. He is not only one of the most gifted footballers of his generation, but, also a mild-mannered man who used his fame and prestige for a positive effect.
Winning Bid: 430,00€
Item condition: New