So I was lucky enough to be invited to the Pro:Direct LDN19 store for another event but this one was slightly different, this time the guest that was appearing was someone who has scored over 1000 professional goals for Santos and has won the World Cup on three different occasions...
Safe to say there are not many players that can boast these kind of statistics, when I first heard and saw that the world famous Pelé was going to be attending the Pro:Direct LDN19 store I couldn't believe it, there have been various players attend events over the past few years but to have some of the caliber of Pelé doing a Q & A in the store is on a whole other level.
Most events at Pro:Direct tend to run in the same way, the store is kitted out with cameras and lighting and there are usually loads of employees rushing around to make everything look perfect.
They'll have a guest list on the door and if your names not on the list you aren't getting in, but this was different right from the start, the barriers were out and the red carpet was laid and you could immediately tell this was something different.
Once inside the venue you could tell something special was about to happen, there was Carnival girls dancing, samba music in the background and a little bit of excitement in the air.
(The seat that Pelé was about to grace, along with Layla)
Every so often our host for the evening, Layla Anna-Lee would inform us of where Pelé was and when he would be arriving, the time seemed to pass very quickly and before I knew it he was here, the big man himself was in Pro:Direct LDN 19.
(Even at 75, Pelé was too quick for me to get a picture in focus)
Story telling lasted around 45 minutes, that said it seamed to fly by but some of the stories were priceless to hear first hand from the master.
Overall it was an incredible experience all thanks for the guys at Pro:Direct Soccer.