Pele not to participate in World Cup draw due to fears of placing Brazil in a tough group
Former Seleção hero, Pele, has turned down the chance to appear in today’s World Cup’s draw because of fears of putting his nation in a “tough” group.
The World Cup draw will be made today at the beautiful beach resort in Bahia, to all 32 representatives from all competing countries.
The draw features many former World Cup winners, Cafu, being just one of six who will pulling the balls out, but Pele will not be one of the six.
The Daily Mail reports: “I preferred to turn down the offer because I wouldn't feel comfortable in picking out balls which are not favourable to Brazil.” This was Pele’s response to President Dilma after being asked to join the on stage team.
Pele then went on to say: “I won five world titles, two with Santos and three with the national team and I scored more than one thousand goals, so you're right, I'm a cold foot." In response to branded a ‘cold foot’ after backing out of the draw.
Pele could be seen tomorrow but as a guest presenter.