Pelé feels that it’s too early to predict the career of Barcelona star Neymar
There are great expectations of the 22-year-old ahead of this year’s World Cup but Brazilian legend Pelé has been doing his best to keep these expectations in check.
“He’s 22 and right now, it’s too early for anyone to start predicting his career,” Pelé said of striker Neymar, in an interview with Metro at the Coca-Cola FIFA World Cup trophy tour in Paris.
“I’ve known him since he was 17 and my son Edinho used to be his coach. I think it’s safe for me to say that Neymar is incredibly talented and has a great future ahead of him.”
The Brazilian legend also spoke on the Seleção’s chances and who are the most talented players ever in this exclusive interview.
“Every game comes with a lot of pressure because Brazilians always want to win! You can only imagine how they’re feeling as hosts. Obviously the players are going to be under a lot of pressure, but they’re all very experienced – I’m sure they’ll survive!”
The 73-year-old went on to praise the solidity of the Seleção’s defence when asked about their strengths and weaknesses.
“The Brazilian team has always been amazing. That’s why we’ve won more World Cup titles than anyone else. But things are going to be different this time around. Brazil has always had the best attackers and for the first time ever, we’ve got a stronger defence.”
“What we’re missing is someone like Romario or Zico. But we still have a great team,” completed the legend.