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How Pele won a million dollars with a 30-second referee trick?

How Pele won a million dollars with a 30-second referee trick?

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Football trained Pele for 20 years of professionalism, making him one of the richest men in Brazil, but when he was at the height of his footballing glory. And if he continues after retirement, as was the time of his professional career, according to the assumption of the American business magazine Forbes last year, his annual salary will be $223 million, in addition to the tens of millions that come from what he makes as an advertising star, as and from commissions he receives from sales of goods and the like bearing his name.

Although the “King”, as the Brazilians call him, retired from the game a long time ago, he left assets worth more than $100 million, according to what Al Arabiya.net found on the Celebrity Net Worth website, which tracks his headquarters in the United States the fortunes of stars and celebrities, which is what He will inherit his 7 children from two divorced wives, in addition to a childless widow of Japanese descent, named Marcia Aoki, whom he married when she was at 50 6 years ago.

Heirs and resourcefulness

And not all that football gave Pele came from what it usually gives its big stars, according to what was mentioned in a book published in 2008, titled Sneaker Wars, written by the British journalist Barbara Smith, a correspondent for years for major media outlets including the Financial Times, As the Economist and others, in which Pele cheats the referee for 30 seconds in a match against Peru in the quarter-finals of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

Before the start of the match, the “Black Jewel” approached the referee and asked him to stop for a moment to tie his shoes, which we see in the video presented above, “at a time when all eyes and cameras were on the greatest footballer of all time, as well as on his boots.” According to the book, the presenter said that the brand of shoes was Puma and appeared in front of the cameras of hundreds of TV stations in front of more than one billion viewers in dozens of countries in half a minute.

With this trick, Pele got $120,000 out of the company, or almost a million today, with a contract that saw him get $100,000 over 4 years, in addition to a commission on sales of sneakers the company decided to produce bearing Pele’s name.

Yesterday in Brazil, a broadcaster appeared on local TV JC and spoke about Pele after his death and said that “the sport rejected him once and said no” when he applied in 1957 to play for a club called Rubro -Negro in the state of Pernambuco in the northeast of Brazil, and he was He is almost 16 years old, but the club’s management treated his request with a kind of sarcasm and rejected him because of his young age. Months later, Pele scored 6 goals at the 1958 World Cup in Stockholm and Brazil won the cup over Sweden at home and in front of their fans.


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