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Sitting pretty in sombreros

Pele poses with three Mexican models in sombreros in 1961
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Beauty is something commonly associated with Pele. The legendary forward was responsible for extreme beauty on football pitches, while he Christened Brazil’s 1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico™ winners as ‘The Beautiful Team’ and the sport as ‘The Beautiful Game’.

Beauty is also associated with Pele in the above photo – or beauties, to be precise! Indeed the iconic No10 was pictured with three Mexican models, all wearing eye-catching sombreros, in Guadalajara.

This was not, however, on Pele’s most heralded visit to Mexico, when, as a 29-year-old, he helped Brazil conquer the world in such exhilarating fashion in 1970 – as his fresh face indicates. It was, in fact, nine years earlier when Santos and compatriots America-RJ competed in a five-team tournament along with Guadalajara, Club America and Atlas.

O Peixe were in the midst of a monopoly – in each of the following two years they became Brazilian, South American and world champions – so it came as no surprise that they swept to the trophy in style, scoring 17 goals in their four games (4.25 per match).

What did come as a surprise is that the Chivas fans cheered Pele’s every action – including two goals, a nutmeg and an electrifying body swerve - as he helped inflict a 6-2 thumping upon their side.

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