Pele’s Final International Match Worn Shirt from 1971 to Sell at Bonhams

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LONDON.- The shirt worn by the legendary Brazilian footballer Pelé in his final international appearance for Brazil versus Yugoslavia on 18 July 1971 is to be sold at Bonhams, Chester as part of its Sporting Memorabilia sale on 20 October 2010. It has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £8,000 – 10,000. Widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, Pelé retired from international football when he was still a top player. He had completed 111 appearances with an international scoring record of 97 goals. At the end of his final game, which was played in Rio de Janeiro’s Macarana Stadium, he swapped his shirt with Yugoslavia’s number six, Dragon Holcar, confirmed in a statement by Holcar that accompanies the lot. The shirt was subsequently displayed in a cafe in Split, Croatia for over twenty years.