- Neymar’s 2014 World Cup was ended by a fractured vertebrae against Colombia
- Pele believes the PSG superstar will recover after the ‘disaster’ of four years ago
- Neymar says he will be fit for Russia after suffering a fractured fifth metatarsal
- Brazil legend Pele believes Tite has the best individuals in Europe at his disposal
The PSG star had his tournament ended by injury four years ago when he suffered a fractured vertebrae during a quarter-final win over Colombia.
Brazil were then embarrassed 7-1 by Germany in the last four, but Pele believes that with Neymar fully fit they could go all the way to the final this time around.
Neymar, pictured with girlfriend Bruna Marquesine, is confident he will be fit for the World Cup
The Brazil star had his 2014 tournament ended by a fractured vertebrae in the quarter-final
The former Barcelona forward has confirmed that he will be ready for this summer’s tournament after undergoing surgery on a fractured metatarsal in early March.
And Pele, who lifted the World Cup three times during his illustrious career, expects Brazil’s talisman to step up for Tite’s side.
‘He already has a second chance because, unfortunately, what happened in Brazil – disaster,’ Pele 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.’
Neymar, pictured in action against England last month, is currently out with a fractured foot
Pele has backed Neymar to take his ‘second chance’ at this summer’s tournament in Russia
Pele also claimed that Brazil are blessed with the most talented players across Europe, although there is still work to do to make them function as a unit.
He added: ‘Everybody knows Brazil have the best individual players in Europe.
‘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.’
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.