29th May 2024

The iconic Pelé–Bobby Moore jersey exchange of 1970

In the 1970 World Cup football match between Brazil and England, Brazil won 1–0. After the match, the two great players, Bobby Moore and Pelé exchanged jerseys as a token of mutual respect. Perhaps this incident set the tradition of exchange of jerseys among players in modern-day football. But after this there was a queer incident. All No. 10 jerseys meant for Pelé were stolen by a crazy fan and the situation became so much catastrophic so that before the next match against Rumania, the Brazilian team management had almost decided to ask Bobby Moore to return Pele’s jersey. However, that was ultimately not required.