In 1958, Pelé set the world of international football alight when he made his World Cup debut in Sweden – and this is his matchworn Brzil shirt from that very tournament.
That year the Brazilian legend became the youngest player to appear in, score in and win the World Cup final, netting twice in the second half against the host nation as Brazil ended up 5 – 2 winners. However, he didn’t even get a game until the final group match, where he was outshone by Garrincha. He did however score his first ever World Cup goal against Wales, followed by a hattrick in the semi final against France once they went down to ten men after Jonquet broke his leg.
The ’58 final still holds many records to date:
- Youngest player
- Youngest scorer
- Younest winners medal winner
- Oldest player (Nils Liedholm – 35 years, 263 days)
- Highest number of goals by winning side (5)
- Highest number of total goals scored (7)
- Greatest victory margin (along with ’70 & ’88 finals)
This shirt forms part of our collection on loan to the National Football Museum in Manchester, where it is often on display to the public.
If you can’t make it to Manchester, they’ve also made it available to view in greater detail online!
Just click the link to take a look!