|Everybody follow me to the nearest W.H Smith|
Anyway the 500-page limited edition is titled "1283", the number of goals Pele scored in his career, and comprises 1283 texts. If you don't think that $1,700 is a sufficiently expensive sum to spend on the life story of a three times World Cup winner why not shell out a further $1,000 and get that special, exclusive, really one-off, extra limited edition - the extra time and penalties of limited edition books. Rumour has it, and this isn't a joke, that as well as including a signed photograph of the man himself the extra special edition will include a square from one of Pele's football shirts soaked in the great mans sweat. Quite how you can confirm the provenance of a sweat stained shirt without going to the great man himself and rubbing him up and down a couple of times with a copy of Charlie Buchan's football monthly is anybody's guess.
The sweaty shirt rumour reminds me of one of my favourite footballing quotes courtesy of David Platt, " I swapped shirts with an opponent after every match," he said. "They all stank of sweat - except Franco Baresi's. That one smelled of Aramis!"
p.s Is it me or does that look like Gennaro Gattuso helping carry Pele from the field in 1970? Time travel eh!