A Brazilian soccer team, the Santos Futebol Clube and the New York Cosmos from the USA, square off at the world's largest sports arena, Rio de Janeiro's Stadium Maracanan. Lupin goes after the money from the ticket sales for the event. In order to have an alibi, Lupin, Jigen and Goemon get themselves arrested by crashing a truck into Christ the Redeemer. While in the jail's hospital, Fujiko helps Lupin and the others get out to steal the money and hide it inside the Christ the Redeemer statue.
- The New York Cosmos soccer team is an actual American soccer team which managed to hire the Brazilian soccer player Pelé in the late 1970s.