Pele sells his life of football
Pele, full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, the world’s undisputed best football player ever, has had to sell many of his valuables from his football career and other mementoes such as old passports. But why?
Over the past twelve months the 75-year-old has been in hospital for back, hip and prostate surgery. So the reason for the great sell-off is mainly because of his health issues but there are other motives too.
“There are many reasons, there are clearly some personal ones that he alone knows about,” Dan Nelles, sports specialist at Julien’s Auctions.
This is what Pele had to say about his decision: “It was a difficult decision to make but it takes a lot to properly care for these artefacts, and I felt I could do much more good by sharing these items with the world, as well as helping my causes that are important to me.”
Pele played for Brazil’s World Cup winning teams of 1958 and 1970, scoring in both finals. He was also in the squad, which won in 1962. Items included in the auction included three World Cup winner’s medals, and the one-off Jules Rimet trophy made for him after Brazil’s famous triumph in Mexico in 1970.
The auction was certainly the most lucrative sale of football memorabilia in history with the 2000 items raising well over £3 million.
His 1958 FIFA World Cup winner’s medal (pictured) alone sold at £160,000 against a £70,000-140,000 estimate.
YJA Sports Correspondent (Primary)
Josh, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy