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.”
Here are scenes from the event:
Right now in Moscow @Pele with @AleksandrOvechkinofficial at #HublotLovesFootball dinner./ Сегодня в Москве проходит ужин @Hublot с Александром Овечкиным и легендарным футболистом Пеле – а уже завтра стартует Кубок Конфедераций FIFA 2017, на котором швейцарский часовой бренд выступит официальным хронометристом.
By Michael Marzzacco
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