Alex Ovechkin Meets Soccer-Great Pele


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Alex Ovechkin met Brazilian soccer great Pele at a private dinner in Moscow this evening. The event, “Hublot Loves Football“, held at the TSUM Department Store in Moscow, promoted next year’s FIFA World Cup, to be held in Russia. 

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also known as Pele, is widely hailed as the greatest soccer player of all time and the “king of football”. He has a scored a total of 1,281 goals in 1,363 games and was listed in the Guinness World Records for most career goals scored in soccer. Pele starred on the Brazilian national team from 1957-1971 and is the only player who is a three-time world champion. Perhaps it was fate that one great goal scorer in one sport got to met an elite goal scorer in another sport.

Pele arrived at Red Square and gave a talk about the upcoming FIFA World Cup which will take place in Russia next year.

“I know what the whole world is waiting for, but I must disappoint everyone. I can not play at the upcoming World Cup,” Pele joked. “I had a hip injury and I had an operation. They replaced my thigh. Therefore, I will not be able to enter the field. I remember the year 1958. Then I spent my first match against your team. That’s when I started to get lucky. I will never forget this.”

Pele even mentioned that he would love to see a World Cup finals matchup between Russia and Brazil.

Here are scenes from the event:

Legend. I love my job! #pele #hublotrussia #hublotlovesfootball #mercuryrussia

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By Michael Marzzacco

 

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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