Legendary three-time World Cup winner Pele has teased West Ham fans with the thought that he could have teamed up alongside close friend and adversary Bobby Moore in claret and blue.
Pele resisted the advances of Europe’s finest clubs in the 1960s and 70s to stay with his beloved Santos, before a stint with New York Cosmos, and in an exclusive interview with Blowing Bubbles he spoke of his close relationship with Moore.
“I never wanted to leave Brazil – but I loved Bobby,” he said.
“He was a great player, a talented player and I kept telling people ‘look at this guy, he’s like a Brazilian’ – good ball control, great dribbling ability.
“He was a very nice guy, a fair player and I always compare him with the likes of Beckenbauer and Cruyff.”
Moore and Pele, famously pictured swapping shirts after the England v Brazil game at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, did play together in America in the 1970s, and then again in legendary all-star football film Escape to Victory.
To find our more about this, as well as Pele’s views on Cristiano Ronaldo, his enduring love affair with the World Cup – and winning it three times – as well as all the latest news, views and discussions around West Ham, read the latest edition of Blowing Bubbles, out now.