Sylvester Stallone had broken finger from saving Pelé penalty during filming 'Escape to Victory' | inside World Soccer

Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone has shared the most memorable - and painful - moment during the filming of 1981 epic football film Escape to Victory.

Sylvester Stallone gets pointers from football great Pelé during filming of 'Escape to Victory'
Sylvester Stallone gets pointers from football great Pelé during filming of 'Escape to Victory'

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Stallone, who wrote and starred in "Rocky", played as an American prisoner of war in the movie, which featured real footballers like Pelé, Bobby Moore, and John Wark.

Speaking during an interview with the BBC, Stallone recalled: "What a butt-kicking I got! I still have a broken finger from trying to block a penalty by Pelé.

"He put on a pair of World War II shoes which were steel-tipped, and the ball was like a cannonball - it was twice as thick and heavy as footballs are today.

"He was telling me he was going to take a shot and I thought 'it's soccer, what's the big deal? It's easy'.

"He came to take one penalty shot and he told me exactly where he was going to put it, so I stood there but the ball still flew past me before I could move. He put it literally right where he had said.

"He did it again, and it ripped through the back of the net and broke a window in the barracks where we were filming. I went 'are you kidding me?' I found a new kind of respect."


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