Sunday, April 15th, 2012
“This moment is a gift from God. All this happiness, this moment of pleasure – it’s not just about me. Many suffered with me – I thank everyone… The only place Santos did not visit was the moon.” – Pele.
Santos celebrated 100 years of existence on Saturday and predictably rolled out their two most famous icons for the event: Pele arrived in a helicopter and Neymar took on 100 kids.
It all looked innocent enough and arguably Brazil’s most famous club appeared to produce a celebration befitting their status.
Although this must come with the caveat that the event featured Santos’ new Nike shirts and was a fine way for the club to advertise their shiny new kits.
Pele arrived in dramatic style, holding the Copa Libertadores after a helicopter landed in the centre circle. Looking far younger than his 71 years, the Brazil World Cup legend then gave an impassioned speech.
Befitting his status as Pele’s heir, and not just the new Robinho, Neymar then took centre stage, taking on 100 kids who had won a competition to play against their idol.
Neymar did most of the work, but was also joined by some of his Santos team mates including “The Goose,” Paulo Henrique Ganso – as the current Santos stars showed off their new blue Nike away strip.