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Mini boots signed by the 1958 Selection

Mini boots signed by the 1958 Selection

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In 1958, Pelé, Garrincha and other members of the Seleção signed Adidas prototypes for actress Heloísa Helena.

  • Mini Adidas football boots signed by members of the 1958 squad for Heloísa Helena.
  • 11 cm x 5 cm x 4 cm.
  • Rio de Janeiro, 1959.
  • Good condition, old laces, 1 cleat missing on the right boot and 4 latches on the left boot.
  • Unique piece.
  • Last year, during the World Cup in Qatar, I was blessed to find these mini Adidas football boots in Brazil, autographed by the players of the 1958 Brazilian team. The signatures present are:

Left boot

N. Santos
D. Santos
Mauro Ramos de Oliveira
From Sordi


There are five signatures that I have not formally identified.

Right boot


There are two signatures that I have not formally identified.

These mini boots belonged to Mário Zagallo, the legendary player and coach, who signed the boots along with the other players from the 1958 squad. He gave them to Heloísa Helena (1939-1999), a famous Brazilian actress of the time, during the big party for his 20th birthday in Rio de Janeiro, in 1959. The party took place at the Botafogo club, of which Heloísa and Zagallo were supporters. She was close friends with Zagallo and Júlio Mazzei, coach and businessman, who brought Pelé to the New York Cosmos.

Heloísa Helena began her career in the late 1950s, and became known for her performance in films such as "A Hora e a Vez de Augusto Matraga" (1965) and "O Dragão da Maldade contra o Santo Guerreiro" (1969) , both directed by Glauber Rocha.

I contacted the Adidas museum in Germany, which explained to me that these mini football boots were unique as they were a prototype made by Adidas shoemakers, assigned to the Brazilian team for the 1958 World Cup, who then made the boots to order. for each player. Furthermore, they are signed by players who many experts consider to be part of the best football team of all time. It was even one of Pelé's first autographs (at the age of 17). Ultimately, something that I consider absolutely exceptional and unique.

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