Pele Confident Neymar Can Lead Brazil At World Cup


Brazilian legend Pele says he’s assured about Brazil’s probabilities on the upcoming World Cup and expects injured star Neymar to be totally match to steer the aspect in Russia. Speaking to AFP in Dubai, the 77-year-old, who has been in ailing well being just lately, put his religion in Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar’s means to get well from a fractured foot in time to steer Brazil to a doable sixth international soccer title. “We don’t know exactly what is going to happen, but I think for the World Cup he’s going to be in shape because his injury is not so bad,” stated Pele, the one particular person to have received the World Cup 3 times as a participant.

“I wish he has the same luck I had in the World Cup.”

PSG’s Neymar, the world’s costliest participant, has not performed since breaking a metatarsal bone in his proper foot on February 25 in a Ligue 1 match towards Marseille. He stated final week he’s nonetheless recovering following surgical procedure however expects to be slot in time for the World Cup from June 14 to July 15.

In the final World Cup on residence soil 4 years in the past, Brazil had been humiliated 7-1 by eventual winners Germany within the semi-finals however Pele feels the staff below “psychologist” Tite, which breezed by way of South American qualifying, has the instruments to go all the way in which.

“I’m assured as a result of Tite, the brand new coach, now (has) had somewhat time to arrange the staff.

“We have a variety of glorious gamers in Europe. The drawback is to place the staff collectively.

“I think we’re going to have a good team in the next World Cup.”

Pele stated he anticipated few surprises on the match, figuring out Lionel Messi’s Argentina, Germany, England and France as potential challengers — though he did not point out 2010 world champions Spain or present European laureates Portugal, led by their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, he stated “football is a box of surprises”.

As for his personal well being issues — Pele cancelled a visit to England in January on account of “exhaustion”, though his spokesman denied he had been hospitalised — Pele stated there was little trigger for concern.

“I cannot play in the next World Cup but I feel good,” he stated with a hearty snigger.

“I had an injury, then I had to make a surgery for the head of my hip, then I had to replace (it), then I had a little problem with my meniscus, but now I am OK, I am ready, in good shape!”

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