Brazil’s football legend, Edson Arantes Nascimento (Pele) has decided to auction off an array of his prestigious footballing memorabilia, including his one-of-a-kind Jules Rimet replica trophy designed to mark his third World Cup victory in 1970.
The items will go on be sold across three days in London, from June 7 to 9.
Other items on offer for wealthy football purists include the Brazilian’s No 10 shirt, worn sometime between 1970-71, and the match ball used in his 1,000th career match.
Pele is the only person in the history of football who has won the World Cup three times, in 1958, 1962 and 1970.
Pele said that having donated much of his collection to the city of Santos, he had “decided to allow fans and collectors to own a piece of my history as well. I hope they treasure these artifacts and share my story with their children and generations to come.”
He said a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Pequeno Principe children’s hospital in the Brazilian city of Curitiba.
The World Cup replica is the priciest item being auctioned, with an estimate being placed of £281,000 – £420,000.