Brazilian football legend Pele has high hopes for World Cup

“I think that Brazil will do great during the Mondial,” the 73-year-old footballer said during his visit to Dubai

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Brazilian football legend Pele expects his national football team to “do great” during the FIFA World Cup 2014, he said during a special interview with Al Arabiya News channel recently.

“I think that Brazil will do great during the Mondial,” the 73-year-old footballer said Friday during his visit to Dubai.

“The Brazilian team won the FIFA confederation cup last summer, which gave players more confidence,” he said, adding that team work remains an essential ingredient to winning.

“None is able to win on his own,” he said, “the more the team is strong and homogeneous, the easier the task of each of the players becomes.”

This is not the first time Pele has visited Dubai, which he says has “changed and improved a lot.”

“I passed by Dubai … two years ago … and I was stunned by the changes that happened and the big enlargement,” he said.

In January, the former Brazilian international was acknowledged by FIFA with the honorary award, the Ballon d’Or, in Zurich.

Speaking about the award, the footballer said: “It is a big responsibility when you are referred to as the best, as perfect in football because no human being is perfect.”

“I thank God for making me gifted in football. When I was young, my dad used to tell me: God gave you this gift, but you have to take care of it, train regularly and always respect your opponents,” he added.

During the interview, Pele, commonly known as “The Black Pearl,” also gave advice to young footballers.

“Passion for football and practice are essential matters. It is a must for the young ones and teenagers to know that the more they train and persevere the more they will perfect their talent.”

The Brazilian football legend visited Egypt last week for the first time in 41 years to celebrate the second international Copa Coca Cola youth football tournament.

Pele was named FIFA Player of the Century in 2000, and part of the Fifa World Cup Dream Team two years later.