Pele confident Neymar can lead Brazil to World Cup glory

International Edition By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 16/04/2018

Neymar nears comeback from injury

Brazil legend Pele has backed Neymar to lead their country to glory in this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

The 26-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward was injured in the quarter-final win over Colombia on home soil four years ago and therefore missed the 7-1 destruction at the hands of Germany in the last four.

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Seleçao have been tipped to make amends at this year's tournament in Russia, though, after they breezed through qualifying to top the South American section with 12 wins and one defeat from 18 matches.

The three-time World Cup winner is confident of the talent at Tite’s disposal for the upcoming tournament and is hopeful that the Brazil coach can utilise them to their full potential.

"He already has a second chance because, unfortunately, what happened in Brazil – disaster," Pele, speaking courtesy of Hublot, told Omnisport. 

"The last World Cup in Brazil, he got the injury, and Brazil lost. I think this is a great, great opportunity for him to recover. I think he's a good player. Let's see if he can help Brazil [win] this World Cup."

"Everybody knows Brazil have the best individual players in Europe," he said. "I think our coach, Tite, has had little time to set up the team. We have three months to set up the team. Tite is a very good coach, but he doesn't yet have the team working together. This will be a short time for them. 

"But individual players, no doubt Brazil has a team to get to the final of the World Cup."

Neymar, the world's most expensive player, has not played since breaking a metatarsal bone in his right foot on February 25 in a Ligue 1 match against Marseille.

He said last week he is still recovering following surgery but expects to be fit in time for the World Cup from June 14 to July 15.