Art collection celebrating career of football legend Pelé' launches at Greenhithe gallery today

PUBLISHED: 12:04 31 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:04 31 May 2016

The Heart of the King

The Heart of the King


Eight photographic pieces have been signed by the sporting star.

An art collection celebrating professional footballer Pelé’s successful moments on the pitch has launched at a Greenhithe gallery.

The eight new photographic prints were released by fine art publisher Washington Green on Friday (May 27).

It is the second instalment of works released in the Art Life Football series - which aims to celebrate Pelé’s life and career.

Each of the pieces has been individually signed by the football icon and will be available to buy at Castle Galleries in Bluewater Shopping Centre.

Pelé, from Brazil, enjoyed a successful career during which he scored 1,283 goals in 1,366 matches.

He is the only football player to have won three World Cup tournaments and remains the top scorer in the history of the Brazil National team.

Sporting achievements caught on camera in the new collection include Pelé’s goal in the 18th minute during Brazil’s 1970’s World Cup win and Brazil’s pre-game line up – known as ‘the beautiful team’ – at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

Other photos include shots of Pelé at Downing Stadium playing for the New York Cosmos in 1975 and one of the his personal favourites, The Heart of a King image, taken by photographer Luiz Paulo Machado.

One of the most famous pictures of the star, this image captures the moment when perspiration on Pelé’s chest shaped a heart on his shirt – furthering the legend of Pelé as ‘the man of three hearts.’

Pelé said: “My joy, throughout my life, has been football. Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

Talking about the collection Peter Gilby, gallery manager of Bluewater’s Castle Galleries, said: “The unique range of photography we have chosen to release outlines key moments in Pelé’s decorated career.
“The selection of pictures – some taken nearly 50 years ago – capture the energy of the nation’s favourite sport in action and the grace of the international sporting icon that is Pelé.

“The highest quality products and printing techniques have been used to create these very special pieces of artwork which are all hand-signed by Pelé himself.”

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