Pelé, the greatest soccer player of all time is coming to Australia to host corporate lunches and make theatre appearances in Sydney and Melbourne in November to honour Australia's legendary SBS football broadcaster Les Murray.
This will be Pelé's first international trip since the World Cup in Brazil with the events taking place in Melbourne on Wednesday 19th November and Sydney on Thursday 20th November.
At the lunches Les' fellow SBS commentator Craig Foster will be MC while Les will lead Pelé in a conversation about his life and career, and host a Q&A session with the audience. Each evening Pelé will appear in "Pelé. My Life. My Story " theatre shows with Fox Sports Mark Bosnich as MC.
Purchase tickets and tables for the lunches and theatre shows online here.
Fans will get the opportunity to meet the only player to have won THREE World Cups (1958,1962,1970) and scored the most goals of all time (1283 goals in 1366 matches).
Pelé‘s iconic #10 shirt for Brazil, Santos Futebol Clube and the New York Cosmos is instantly recognized all over the world, and his impact on the game currently spans four generations of players and fans.
It was 10 years ago when Pele last visited Australia, and on this trip Pele will share the fascinating details of his life and career as player, legend and ambassador.
Pelé, a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, will also talk about his relentless work to unite the nations of the world in peace and harmony under the umbrella of the “beautiful game” he loves so much.
Time Magazine named Pelé one of the “Top 20 Most Important People In The 20th Century” and football’s ruling body, FIFA, named him “Footballer of the Century.” Earlier this year, he accepted the prestigious Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur Award, created especially for him in recognition of his achievements in the sport.
Known as "O Rei Pelé" ("King Pelé"), he has been declared a national treasure by the Brazilian government and promotes his beloved country throughout all his international travels.
When fellow top professionals and members of the press are asked about Pelé, the responses clearly show the world's universal love for him.
Former Manchester United and England World Cup Winner, Sir Bobby Charlton, summed up Pelé as such: “I sometimes feel as though football was invented for this magical player.”
And when a British TV commentator asked “How do I spell Pelé?” the answer came back instantly: “That’s easy – G.O.D.”