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Pele confident Neymar can lead Brazil at World Cup

AFP  |  Dubai 

Brazilian legend says he is confident about Brazil's chances at the upcoming and expects injured star to be fully fit to lead the side in

Speaking to AFP in Dubai, the 77-year-old, who has been in ailing health recently, put his faith in Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar's ability to recover from a fractured foot in time to lead to a possible sixth global title.

"We don't know exactly what is going to happen, but I think for he's going to be in shape because his is not so bad," said Pele, the only person to have won three times as a

"I wish he has the same luck I had in " PSG's Neymar, the world's most expensive player, has not played since breaking a metatarsal bone in his right foot on February 25 in a match against He said last week he is still recovering following but expects to be fit in time for the World Cup from June 14 to July 15.

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In the last World Cup on home soil four years ago, were humiliated 7-1 by eventual winners in the semi-finals but feels the team under "psychologist" Tite, which breezed through South American qualifying, has the tools to go all the way.

"I am confident because Tite, the new coach, now (has) had a little time to set up the team.

"We have a lot of excellent players in The problem is to put the team together.

"I think we're going to have a good team in the next World Cup." said he expected few surprises at the tournament, identifying Lionel Messi's Argentina, Germany, England and as potential challengers -- although he didn't mention 2010 world champions or current European laureates Portugal, led by their talisman

However, he said "is a box of surprises".

As for his own health problems -- Pele cancelled a trip to England in January due to "exhaustion", although his denied he had been hospitalised -- Pele said there was little cause for concern.

"I cannot play in the next World Cup but I feel good," he said with a hearty laugh.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 17:15 IST
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