World Cup Moments: Pelé and Bobby Moore Swapping Shirts in 1970
This is the iconic moment where Brazil’s Pelé and England’s Bobby Moore swapped shirts following their classic encounter at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
Brazil won 1-0 with a great goal from Jairzinho, but the game also featured the Gordon Banks save and the Bobby Moore tackle (click that link for video of those moments from a very England biased perspective).
The shirt swapping between two great players, both of them already World Cup winners (and Pelé on his way to a third medal) was a sign of mutual respect and is thought to have popularized the concept of shirt-swapping. It wasn’t the first time players had exchanged jerseys at full-time (according to FIFA that was probably in 1931) but the above moment is probably the reason shirt-swapping happens so regularly in modern football.
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