PELE BACKS NEY­MAR FOR WORLD CUP RE­DEMP­TION

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Brazil­ian leg­end Pele says he is con­fi­dent about Brazil's chances at the up­com­ing World Cup and ex­pects in­jured star Ney­mar to be fully fit to lead the side in Rus­sia. 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 Brazil to a pos­si­ble sixth global foot­ball ti­tle. “We don't know ex­actly what is go­ing to hap­pen, but I think for the World Cup he's go­ing to be in shape be­cause his in­jury is not so bad,” said Pele, the only per­son to have won the World Cup three times as a player. “I wish he has the same luck I had in the World Cup.”

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 Ligue 1 match. He said last week he is still re­cov­er­ing fol­low­ing surgery but ex­pects to be fit in time for the World Cup from June 14 to July 15. In the last World Cup on home soil four years ago, Brazil were hu­mil­i­ated 7-1 by even­tual win­ners Ger­many in the semi­fi­nal.

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