‘I can’t wait to add the sixth star!’: Brazil icon Pele tips the South American nation to win the World Cup for the first time in 20 years… as he gives his ‘vote of confidence’ to the team to handle the pressure of being tournament favourites
- Pele has backed Brazil to win the World Cup for the sixth time in Qatar
- Brazil have not won the World Cup since they beat Germany in the final in 2002
- They enter this year’s World Cup as the favourites for the tournament
- Three-time winner Pele feels Brazil will handle the pressure and come out on top
- Click here for all the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates
Brazil great Pele has backed the team to live up to their billing as World Cup favourites and capture a record-extending sixth title in Qatar, saying he has full confidence in the 26-man squad selected by head coach Tite.
Brazil’s squad was announced on Monday, and includes PSG star Neymar, plus a host of Premier League talent such as Arsenal duo Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli, plus Manchester United pair Casemiro and Fred.
Sharing his thoughts on Instagram alongside a picture of himself wearing a Brazil jersey from his playing days, the 82-year-old, who led the team to the title in 1958, 1962 and 1970, said he hoped to see another star above their crest.
Pele has tipped Brazil to win the World Cup for the sixth time in their history
Pele is happy with the 26-man squad that Brazil manager Tite announced on Monday
‘The last time I wore the shirt of the Brazilian team we inaugurated the three stars above the crest,’ Pele, the only player to have won three World Cups, captioned the picture. ‘Now we have five. I can’t wait to add the sixth star.’
Pele, who has suffered health issues in recent years but has remained active on social media, said he was confident the team would make the nation proud.
‘I’m here to give my vote of confidence to this team and wish good luck to our national team,’ he said.
Brazil have not won the World Cup since 2002 when they beat Germany 2-0 in the final in Japan.
Neymar is set to play a key role as Brazil aim to win the World Cup for the first time since 2002
Since then, they have made the semi-finals just once, but they suffered a humiliating 7-1 defeat against Germany in the last four in front of their home fans at the Maracana Stadium in 2014.
However, their position at the top of the world rankings and their superb unbeaten run in qualifying have made them the bookmakers’ favourites to win the title in Qatar.
Brazil will start their campaign against Serbia on November 24. They also face Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G.
Brazil’s 26-Man World Cup Squad
Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras)
Defenders: Dani Alves (UNAM), Danilo (Juventus), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Alex Telles (Sevilla), Bremer (Juventus), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
Midfielders: Casemiro (Manchester United), Everton Ribeiro (Flamengo), Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fred (Manchester United), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham)
Forwards: Antony (Manchester United), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Neymar (PSG), Pedro (Flamengo), Raphinha (Barcelona), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Richarlison (Tottenham Hotspur), Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid).
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