Pele Broke Sylvester Stallone’s Finger? Soccer Legend Was Not Happy After Witnessing Sly’s Bicycle Kick The death of football legend Pele has sparked a revival of online posts recalling his meeting with Hollywood icon Sylvester Stallone.

Production on the 1981 film Escape to Victory was well underway at the time, and Pele was the film’s focal point.

Pele explained that he instructed Stallone to perform the famous “Bicycle Kick” in the football scene by shattering his finger during practice sessions. However, people are wondering if this really happened.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, played professional soccer in Brazil and was widely considered the best footballer of all time. He starred in several films centered on the sport. Escape to Victory ranks high among them.

Pele Broke Sylvester Stallone’s Finger During the Movie

In an interview with BBC News in 2014, Sylvester Stallone claimed that he injured his finger while trying to block one of Pele’s strikes during the filming of Escape to Victory.

The injury was so severe that Stallone still remembers it today.”I was completely dominated,” said Stallone.

 “When I tried to block one of Pelé’s shots, I fractured my finger.” Despite his age, Pele still has tremendous power over him, according to the actor.

When asked about the bicycle kick scene, Pele replied, “It was a terrific experience for me.” He then added, “No, this was during our preparation and training.”

His finger hurt but after seeing John Huston act like a coach on set, it was all well. This is because he acted much as a coach would.

That was a great adventure!” During this time, the legend responded, “Oh yes. Absolutely amazing.

Sylvester Stallone didn’t know how to bicycle kick when we were filming but he got it right eventually.” The legend relished the beautiful memories of the movie, “Escape to Victory”.

What Role Did Pele Play in That Movie?

The 1981 film “Escape to Victory” was a stunning fusion of sports and drama. The story was inspired by actual events that took place during World War II.

During that time, a soccer team called FC Star was on the rise. The film was inspired by the real-life match between FC Star and Nazi Germany’s football squad, known as “The Death Match.”

FC Star wanted a rematch with the Nazis after their first game ended in defeat, but unfortunately, the Nazis never accepted, which sums up the entire contest.

There was a movie made on this game, and Pele played the forward part in it. Despite FC Star’s 5-1 victory, unfortunately, after all their hard work in preparation for this game, they were not able to get another match with their rivals from Germany.

On December 29th, the football legend died of heart and kidney failure fighting colon cancer. The world mourns his death.

Even though he has passed on to another realm, his legacy and memory will live on forever, thanks to these videos.


Pele broke Sylvester Stallone’s finger while trying to block one of Pelé’s “Bicycle Kick” shots. It happened during the filming of Escape to Victory, which ranks among the highest-grossing sports films of all time.

Sylvester Stallone didn’t know how to bicycle kick, but he got it right eventually. The film was inspired by a match between FC Star and Nazi Germany’s football team, known as “The Death Match.”

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