The Puma King

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Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé, was the King of Football and the greatest player to ever play the game. At 17 he made his debut with the Brazilian national team at the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden where he scored 6 goals.

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In the 1962 World Cup in Chile featured Pelé as the best rated player in the world. Brazil won the tournament despite having to play without their great number 10, as he was injured during the second game.

After retiring from the Brazilian national team due to the brutal fouls he had to endure during the 1966 World Cup, Pelé was called back to the Verde-amarela squad for the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. Brazil went on to win this tournament with Pelé leading the way. He had the world at his feet, and on them he wore a pair of Puma King boots.

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During the quarterfinal match against Peru, Pelé stopped the match to tie his shoes. The cameraman noticed this and focused his camera on the player and his shoes in what would be one of the first publicity stunts in football.

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The Puma King boot was introduced in 1966, where they helped the great portuguese player Eusebio finish as top scorer and Player of the Tournament. The Puma King was worn by other great players such as 1974’s Player of the Tournament Johan Cruyff, Germany’s Lothar Matthaus, England’s Paul Gascoigne, France’s Didier Deschamps, and Argentina’s historical number 10: Diego Maradona, who in 1986 scored the “Goal of the Century” with a pair of Puma Kings on his feet. 

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The Puma King is a classic boot that comes with the greatest football pedigree. It was made of high quality leather and had a number of technological innovations that made it the best of its time.

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