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Football legend Pele to hit bar . . . in Cannock

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Pele – the world's greatest ever footballer – is coming to Cannock.

The Brazilian, who won three World Cups in a glittering career, will meet fans at a lunchtime talk on September 25.

Pele will speak about his career, answer questions and pose for photographs. Tickets for the event at Bar Sport's Premier Suite in High Green start at £100.

The venue's owner Scott Murray said: "This is quite an incredible coup not only for the town's Premier Suite but for Cannock as a whole.

"He is the greatest ever footballer and a role model. It is just so exciting for football fans to come and meet the great man and listen to stories about his phenomenal life."

"When we were offered this opportunity we simply couldn't pass it up. He is simply one of the greatest sportsmen of all times."

Cannock Council leader George Adamson hailed the visit as 'an honour'.

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He said: "Everyone knows who Pele is and he is an icon throughout the world. It is brilliant for Cannock and a real honour for the town to welcome him here."

The 75-year-old played 91 times for Brazil scoring 77 goals in an international career spanning 14 years.

He won three World Cups, in 1958, 1962 and 1970 and is a global football ambassador.

One of the iconic moments in his career was in Brazil's 1-0 victory over England in the 1970 Mexico World Cup when he and Bobby Moore swapped shirts at the end of the match.

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In his career he scored a staggering 1,281 goals in 1,363 games.

His skills were such that the late Dutch footballing master Johan Cruyff said: "Pele was the only footballer who surpassed the boundaries of logic."

Tickets for the Bar Sport event includes a four course meal and photograph opportunities.

Back in February the venue hosted an evening with boxer Floyd Mayweather Jnr and has also welcomed boxing legends Evander Holyfield, Sugar Ray Leonard, Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank.

During the summer, Pele will also appear at the Vox Conference Centre, which is at the Resorts World complex at the NEC on June 3.

A platinum ticket, which includes meeting the legend, photos, champagne and the after-show party will set you back an eye-watering £795.

Normal admission tickets start at £100.

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