Category: Pele

Pele memorabilia nets $5 million fortune at auction

London (AFP) – The three-day sale of memorabilia belonging to world football icon Pele ended in London on Thursday with the artefacts sold for the princely total of £3.4million ($5million, 4.4million euros). The final day of the sale — held in London but under the banner of Los Angeles based auction house Julien’s — was lit up by the sale of the 75-year-old Brazilian’s third and final World Cup winners medal from 1970 which fetched £346,000. To put that price into context, the ones from 1958, when he was just a teenager, and 1962 had sold collectively on Wednesday for ... Read more

Old rivals Pele, Maradona end feud during exhibition match

Paris (AFP) – Diego Maradona hailed his old rival Pele as an “icon” as the pair were reunited for a “match of friendship” on Thursday. The 75-year-old Brazil great and 55-year-old Argentine legend even embraced during the five-a-side exhibition game in a sign that they have drawn a line under their long-running feud. “I want to thank Pele, we know who he is and who he will always be. We need icons like him,” said Maradona, who starred in Argentina’s 1986 World Cup triumph. Pele, a three-time world champion, also struck a conciliatory tone in response. “The most important is ... Read more

Pele scores big with sale of trophy

London (AFP) – A special replica World Cup trophy presented to world football icon Pele fetched £395,000 (500,000 euros, $570,000) at an auction of his personal memorabilia in London on Wednesday. Two of the 75-year-old Brazil legend’s three World Cup winners medals also went under the hammer selling for well over their estimated price going for a collective price of £340,000 on the second day of the three day sale held in London but under the banner of Los Angeles auction house Julien’s Auctions. However, the Jules Rimet trophy was the most expensive individual lot with Swiss watchmaking giant Hublot ... Read more

Pele memorabilia auction kicks off in London

London (AFP) – The three-day sale of more than 2,000 items from world football icon Pele’s personal memorabilia kicked off on Tuesday, with shirts, souvenirs and medals all going under the hammer. The Brazil legend’s collection of items from his extraordinary career, being sold in London by Los Angeles-based Julien’s Auctions, is expected to fetch some £3 million ($4.4 million, 3.8 million euros). The 75-year-old is the only player to have won the World Cup three times and the standout item is a replica awarded to him of the Jules Rimet winners’ trophy, which is estimated to fetch up to ... Read more

Brazil legend Pele shows off career souvenirs up for auction

London (AFP) – Brazilian football legend Pele showcased over 2,000 items of career memorabilia Wednesday, from trophies to balls and boots, before an auction next week that has been touted as one of biggest in sporting history. The sale, expected to fetch some £3 million (3.9 million euros, $4.3 million), includes a replica of the Jules Rimet trophy given to Pele to mark his World Cup success. The copy is estimated to fetch up to £410,000. Pele is the only player to win three World Cup winner’s medals, which are also up for sale and expected to net up to ... Read more

Pele says Zika, politics making Brazilians ‘sad’

London (AFP) – A combination of the Zika virus and political turmoil is making Brazilians “sad”, football legend Pele told AFP on Wednesday. The football superstar, 75, was speaking at a preview in London of a huge auction of memorabilia spanning his career. His comments came two months before the start of the Rio Olympics on August 5, the first to be held in South America. “What is happening is very sad for us,” Pele said. “In Brazil, we have the problem of Zika and at the same time we have a political problem. “And that, for a country that ... Read more

Trailer for ‘Pele: Birth of a Legend’ shows a lot of promise [VIDEO]

It’s been a very long time since a movie about soccer raised our eyebrows. Sure, there have been some decent ones such as The Damned United and Rockmount, but they have been too few and far between. So it’s encouraging that the trailer for the new film ‘Pele: Birth of a Legend’ shows a lot of promise as a movie that could entertain and inspire viewers. Instead of trying to cram in his whole life story into 90 minutes of film, the director has chosen instead of focus on Pele as a youngster and how he overcame adversity to become ... Read more

Report: Pele had hip surgery in the US last month

Photo credit: AFP. Brazilian soccer legend Pele had hip surgery in the United States last month and is still there undergoing physiotherapy, a newspaper reported on Thursday. The Folha de Sao Paulo said surgeons in New York City operated on the 75-year-old to fix a loose hip implant he received in 2012. Winner of three World Cups with Brazil, the ex-striker is widely regarded as the best soccer player of all time. He scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 matches. The newspaper quoted his doctor Roberto Dantas Queiroz as saying doctors also treated Pele for fibrosis in the hip area. Pele ... Read more