Brazil legend Pele doubts five-time FIFA World Cup winners Brazil's chances at Russia 2018
Posted: 7 June 2018 Time: 20:30
Three-time FIFA World Cup winner Pele doubts Brazil can win the 2018 edition in Russia and explained why he feels they do not have the correct blend for success despite having 'one of the best players in the world'.
Despite only losing one game in 20 fixtures under head coach Tite in over two years since taking over from the tumultuous spell under Dunga, Pele has cast doubt over their potential success in Eastern Europe.
Brazil has been touted as joint-favourites for the title with a star-studded squad heading to Russia, but the Selecao all-time leading goal scorer feels their individual quality will be their biggest weakness.
"I have the utmost confidence in Tite's ability," Pele told Reuters. "My worry is about one thing; there are only a few days until the World Cup starts and we still don't have the right team. Individually all the players are very good. But we're not a team.
"Neymar is, to me, one of the best players in the world. Today he is more mature and he has more experience but he isn't going to win the World Cup on his own. It's teams that win the World Cup.
"The greatest Brazil team of all-time was the one in 1970, with Tostao, Rivellino, Gerson and Pele all wearing the No. 10 shirts for their clubs. In the 1970 World Cup, we spent more than six months together. That's why it worked."