Lot 933: The match ball from the final career game of football legend Pele, the
November 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: The match ball from the final career game of football legend Pele, the "Farewell Match" between Cosmos and FC Santos of Brazil played at the Giants Stadium, New Jersey, 1st October 1977, THE BALL SIGNED BY PELE and inscribed "thanks", a French manufactured Adidas Official NASL soccer ball bearing the facsimile signature of Commissioner Phil Woosnam, the pentagon panels with white outlined red stars on a blue background, in addition to the signatures the ball bears the match identification in the hand of the Cosmos equipment manager Charles Martinelli, housed in a Lucite display box; sold with the official match programme (2) On 1st October 1977 the greatest footballer of all time played his last match. The match was between his final club New York Cosmos and the Brazilian club where he first made his name FC Santos. Pele played the first-half for the Cosmos and the second-half for his beloved Santos F.C. of Brazil. Pele only played for these two clubs during his illustrious career. During the first half of this world-wide watched event, Pele signed off in the manner everyone hoped by scoring a goal for the Cosmos. Provenance: The Charles Martinelli Collection. Former Equipment Manager of the New York Cosmos.