Soccer

Pele's last Brazil jersey sells for €30,000 at auction in Italy

AFP-JIJI

The jersey worn by Brazilian soccer legend Pele during his final match for the five-time world champion has sold for €30,000 ($33,000) in an auction in Italy.

The three-time World Cup winner wore the jersey in a friendly against Yugoslavia at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro in July 1971, the last time he played for Brazil.

Pele, 79, scored 77 goals for Brazil in 92 appearances.

The shirt was the highlight of objects that went under the hammer at the Bolaffi auction house in Turin on Thursday.

Other sporting memorabilia included the yellow jersey won by Italian cycling star Fausto Coppi on his way to victory in the 1952 Tour de France, which sold for €25,000.

A rare blue Juventus jersey worn by Italian defender Luciano Spinosi in the final of the 1971 UEFA Cup sold for €9,400.

Another shirt worn by Argentina legend Diego Maradona during his time playing for Napoli in the 1989-90 season sold for €7,500.

A bat used by NBA great Michael Jordan during his brief foray into baseball fetched €425.