Pele (in white), of the Brazilian football team Santos, in action against the Hong Kong League XI at the Hong Kong Stadium, on December 13, 1970. Photo: SCMP

When football legend Pele took Hong Kong by storm and refused to stay in the Hilton’s penthouse suite

  • The Brazilian player arrived in the colony in December 1970 with members of his team, Santos
  • He insisted on staying with his teammates during their visit, saying, ‘I want no special treatment’
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Pele (in white), of the Brazilian football team Santos, in action against the Hong Kong League XI at the Hong Kong Stadium, on December 13, 1970. Photo: SCMP
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Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton is an experienced lifestyle and travel journalist, who has written for various publications around the world. She joined the Post in 2018, where she covers travel and tourism in Asia in her weekly column, Destinations Known.