Brazil's soccer star Pele to auction World Cup awards, and he is sure Brazil will host a good, safe Olympics
SHOWS: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (APRIL 26, 2016) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 1. PELE POSING WITH MINIATURE JULES RIMET WORLD CUP TROPHY 2. PELE BOOTS, BALL AND TROPHY - SOME OF THE ITEMS TO BE AUCTIONED 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PELE, SOCCER LEGEND, SAYING: "Part of this auction will be for charity. We're going to give to the children. And then another part is to take care of my new generation - my son, my daughter, my grandchild. I think it was something important in my life." 4. WHITE FLASH 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PELE, SOCCER LEGEND, SAYING: "Even though we have a problem in Brazil, we have a political problem, the Olympics is a sport. I think the sport will be okay. No doubt, no doubt. I think it will be very nice organizing, very safe." STORY: Brazilian soccer star Pele is putting some mementoes of his historic career up for auction. The three-time World Cup Champion and FIFA Player of the Century will give fans a chance to select from over 2,000 items ranging from memorabilia, awards and personal property. For twenty years, the 75-year-old played professionally in Brazil, helping his country win three World Cups titles in 1958, 1962 and 1970, and ending his career with the New York Cosmos. Pele said on Tuesday (April 26) he is having the auction in order to share his career with fans and to support charities and his growing family. Highlights in the auction include Pelé's miniature Jules Rimet Trophy which is estimated to go between $400,000-$600.000 (USD), his 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cup Medals are expected to fetch $100,000-$200,000 each and the footballer's 1,000th goal ball is projected to raise around $40,000-$60,000. After a successful World Cup in 2014 Brazil now hosts the Olympic Games at the same time as President Dilma Rousseff faces impeachment proceedings. Pele says he is sure the Games will be safe, as the problems are confined to politics. The sale will be held in London on June 7-9, 2016 by Julien's Auctions.