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Lot 925: Pele hat-trick match ball from the Cosmos v Los Angeles Aztecs match 2
08 November 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Pele hat-trick match ball from the Cosmos v Los Angeles Aztecs match 26th June 1977, THE BALL WITH A FULL SIGNATURE OF PELE WITH A PERSONALISED DEDICATION PARA O AMIGO, CHARLES, AMIGO [MARTINELLI], 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, housed in a Lucite display box As Pele's last full year of football was coming to an end he began performing at ever greater levels seemingly determined to leave the game whilst still at the peak of his powers, On 26th June 1977 Pele scored a hat-trick during the 5-2 win over Elton John's team Los Angeles Aztecs. The other Cosmos scorers were Ramon Mifflin and Vito Dimitrijevic. Pele's leadership and inspiration was evident as he orchestrated wave after wave of attacks upon a beleaguered Aztecs defence. The capacity crowd cheered throughout the high adrenalin game. The shorts worn by Pele in this match are being sold as the following lot. Provenance: The Charles Martinelli Collection. Former Equipment Manager of the New York Cosmos.