Pele : Neymar Jnr can’t replace me

Updated: March 26, 2015



Brazil living legend and hero Pele has made it known to the world that he does not believe there will ever be a new ‘king’ of Brazilian football quite like him despite Neymar Jnr’s comparison.

The one and only Pele has insisted that not even Neymar can challenge his status as Brazil’s greatest footballer. According to him he has seen soo many good and quality strikers who have come to dominate the football scene but none could surpass his status.

Pele won  three FIFA World Cups  and also scored more than 1,000 goals in a glittering career.

But when asked if Neymar could replace him as Brazilian football’s favorite son, Pele said: “I think not. the only players i thought could reach my level were Romario , Ronaldo and Ronaldinho but none of them were able to achieve that.

“I think to be the new king, the new Pele, is impossible. Because my mother and my father closed the machine. I think he’s a good player, an excellent young player and he’s going to be a big star, no doubt.”

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have also proven worthy challengers to the all-time greats in recent years but Pele believes he could have been a force in the modern game.

“If I was in this moment and prepared to play in this moment. The thing people forget is I was given a gift to play football, this is something no-one can judge.”

Appearing in Australia for a series of speaking engagements, Pele – in his capacity as the unofficial ambassador of Brazilian football – admitted his disappointment at Brazil’s 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany last summer.

“I didn’t think – I cried,” he said.

When asked if Brazil can win a sixth World Cup in Russia in 2018, Pele added: “I hope so.

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