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Hublot and Mbappé pay tribute to King Pelé


As the world mourns the great Pelé, Hublot and the Les Bleus striker pay tribute to the global sports icon.

As Kylian Mbappé summed it up so well,

"to be a great footballer, you must above all be a great man".

The whole world has learned of the death of Edson Arantes do Nascimento, nicknamed simply and affectionately Pelé.

As Brazil announced three days of national mourning,

“Pelé died peacefully on December 29, 2022, surrounded by his family.

He brought a new dimension to football, to humanitarianism and to Hublot.

He was truly a great champion, footballer and human being.

Thank you Pelé”,

reacted the Swiss watchmaker, the most involved in the world of the Ballon Rond.

“It is with great sadness that we learned of Pelé's passing.

He was the king of football, an icon, a champion and a truly great human being.

And he was our friend,”

reacted Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot.

We celebrate his extraordinary life and incredible accomplishments and remember a man who knew what it meant to be the first, unique, different.

Pelé was a pioneer both on and off the football pitch.

His performance and his passion on the playing field will never be forgotten.

His legacy of bringing change and justice to those who need it most will inspire others for generations to come.

Truly, he was a great man and we are honored to have known him, to have collaborated with him and to have called him our friend.”

King Pelé with Kylian Mbappé.


Since 2013, Pelé had joined the Hublot family, becoming an ambassador for the Nyon watch brand.

Thus, before the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, it was Pelé who unveiled the Hublot Official Countdown Clock, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

Hublot had also partnered with Pelé to build a football pitch in the Jacarezinho favela in Rio de Janeiro, which opened during the World Cup the same year.

On the eve of UEFA EURO 2016, Hublot helped organize the Friendship Match between two teams led by Pelé and Maradona.

The last public event where Hublot welcomed King Pelé dates back to 2019 with Hublot ambassador Kylian Mbappé, the young star of Paris St Germain and Les Bleus,

became in 2018 the youngest player (since Pelé) to score in the final of the World Cup.

Kylian Mbappé of course also reacted to the disappearance of King Pelé:

"The king of football has left us, but his legacy will never be forgotten."

King Pelé with Kylian Mbappé.


Pelé rose to international fame as a teenager playing for his native Brazil and won the FIFA World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970, making him the only player in history to lift the trophy three times. .

A prolific goalscorer, even today, his record of 1,279 goals in 1,363 games has not been beaten.

In 1999, he was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee.

On his centenary, FIFA named him and Diego Maradona Player of the Century.

After retiring from sport in 1977, Pelé devoted himself to humanitarianism.

He has become an international ambassador for sport, peace and understanding, championing a number of causes close to his heart and using the common language of football to break down barriers.

King Pelé with Kylian Mbappé.


King Pelé had once crossed the Atlantic to meet Kylian Mbappé, who has also become an ambassador for the watch brand.

“The generosity of Pelé and Kylian can be read in their eyes.

Their love for football too,

explained Ricardo Guadalupe at the time.

This flame, this inextinguishable force, the one that animates the great champions.

They inspire new generations of footballers, they write the history of football.

Bringing them together was a no-brainer.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to meet Kylian personally,

explained Pelé at the time.

It symbolizes the embodiment of the new generation of footballers, and it carries the values ​​of a sport that inspires and unites the world.

I am happy to see that it symbolizes hope, that of all possibilities, dreams in which we must believe and for which we must fight, regardless of our origins, our social status.

For me, the key to success lies in two words: humility and diligence, that's the message that the new generation must carry and Kylian understood it very well.

King Pelé and Kylian Mbappé exchanged their watches, in the presence of Ricardo Guadalupe.


The young French striker also paid tribute to the king and his humility:

“I learned that the biggest stars and the best players are the most humble and the most respectful, those who know how to keep their feet on the ground.

Respect, humility and lucidity, values ​​that my parents passed on to me, values ​​that I am proud to share today with my dear family, and King Pelé, who perfectly embodies what my parents have always taught me - to be a great footballer, you must above all be a great man.”

Source: lefigaro

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