Unbelievable Football Stories: 7 of the best
#2 Pele’s lucky shirt
All of us have some kind of rituals buried deep in the dungeons of our subconscious mind. And footballers are no different in this regard. One of the most celebrated players of all time, Pele, also relied on rituals to play at his optimum best.
It was during the mid-60s when Pele’s form slumped so badly, it put the Santos fans and staff members in a perplexed state. Pele himself was deeply worried and sought to know the cause of his downward spiral.
After a lot of analysis, he came up with a genuine cause… he had given his ‘lucky’ shirt to a Santos fan, which in turn caused his demise. And so he hired a detective to get back what he had given away. After an extensive search, the detective that Pele hired brought him back the shirt and Pele got back to his best right afterwards.
Lucky, isn’t it? Fun fact: Pele’s ‘lucky’ shirt was never found and what the detective gave him was his jersey from the previous game. As they say, it is all in the mind!