Pelé, the greatest football player of all-time, joins forces with 2019 Grammy winners Rodrigo y Gabriela for his debut single, ‘Acredita No Véio (Listen To The Old Man)’, a fantastic and unique collaboration.
The Brazilian icon has always been crazy about music and songwriting – but he never really spoke about it because, “I didn’t want the public to make the comparison between Pelé the composer and Pelé the footballer. That would have been a huge injustice – in football my talent was a gift from God, music was just for fun.”
On the song itself, the great man says, “I wrote this one because when I used to play with Santos, the coach used to say that when we lost it was the players’ fault, but when we won it was the macumba (black magic) that had helped. The song is joking about that – of course, macumba doesn’t win games at all.”
Listen to ‘Acredita No Véio (Listen To The Old Man) (feat. Rodrigo y Gabriela)’ by Pelé on the Shoot Music New Releases playlist on Spotify.
“I’ve written many books, I’ve scored many goals, I’ve fathered children, I’ve planted many trees. The only thing that’s lacking is a musical memento of my life.”
On October 23, Pelé will celebrate his 80th birthday at home with his family in Sao Paulo. ‘Acredita No Véio’ is a little birthday gift to his fans all over the world, and also a little present to himself. The track has been released with the full support of the Pelé Foundation.
Rodrigo y Gabriela add, “We are both big soccer fans. Growing up in Mexico City, we heard many stories about Pelé and the legendary Brazilian team that triumphed at the 1970 World Cup in our homeland.
“Imagine our surprise and delight to find out that not only is Pelé the greatest footballer of all-time, but is also a very talented singer and songwriter? It is a huge honour for us to collaborate with him on the occasion of his 80th Birthday.”