Pele and Bobby Moore swapping jerseys after Brazil defeated England, 1970
This picture was taken during the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, where England, the 1966 champion, lost the trophy. Brazil won the match, 1-0, in Guadalajara and went on to win the tournament, fielding perhaps the finest soccer team ever.
Above and beyond that, this photograph captured the respect that two great players had for each other. As they exchanged jerseys, touches and looks, the sportsmanship between them is all in the image. No gloating, no fist-pumping from Pele. No despair, no defeatism from Bobby Moore.
Moore, in many eyes the most accomplished English defender ever, died of cancer in 1993. He regarded this photograph as his favorite in a career during which he captained his country 90 times, including the day England won the World Cup. Pele, the three-time winner of the World Cup and the most complete player in history, still considers this picture a defining moment in his life. “Bobby Moore was my friend as well as the greatest defender I ever played against”, Pele said after Moore’s death. “The world has lost one of its greatest football players and an honorable gentleman”.