x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Brazil’s yellow shirt turns 60 – a look at some surprising names who have worn it

Gary Meenaghan runs down the celebrity figures who have donned the famous golden shirt of Brazil over the years.

Alexander Joe / AFP
Alexander Joe / AFP

Brazil’s famous golden-yellow football jersey turns 60 today. From Pele and Zico to Romario and Neymar, some of the game’s greatest players have helped turn it into the most famous sports shirt in history and seen it transcend football. Anybody who is anybody has adorned it at some stage, including many you wouldn’t expect.

1. Diego Maradona: At the end of Argentina’s 1990 World Cup match with Brazil, Maradona traded shirts with his Napoli teammate Careca. It’s unlikely he would have been so willing had he not just helped his country – bitter rivals with Brazil – progress to the quarter-finals.

2. Roger Federer

3. Mike Tyson

4. Rafael Nadal

5. Prince Harry

6. Rihanna

7. Lady Gaga

8. Matthew McConaughey

Bonus video clip: Maradona also donned a Brazil shirt during a TV advert for Guarana soda. He appeared alongside Ronaldo and Kaka, sang the Brazilian national anthem and, unsurprisingly, caused a lot of controversy in his native country