Brazilian football legend Pele thinks young starlet Neymar is under a bit too much pressure to deliver the World Cup forBrazil and is concerned about his well being.
The 22 year oldBarcelonastriker has never played at the World Cup but he has been in free scoring form, scoring seven goals for the Canaries in their run of nine successive friendly wins ahead of the showpiece on home soil.
Pele told Gary Linekar in an informal chat that the player is still young, and the pressure is a bit too much on his young shoulders.
Brazilhas won five World Cup titles but has not won the title since their last triumph 2002. The hosts will faceCroatiain their opening group game, which is also the curtain raiser for the World Cup.
The Canaries won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup with a thumping win over Spainlast year and fans expect Neymar to deliver the same kind of performance this time around and inspire the team to the much awaited sixth title.
Pele also added that it is probably for the first time in the history of Brazilian football that they have a defense better than attack and the entire nation is looking at one man to lead the attack and that is a bit unfair on the youngster.
Pele was only 18 years old when he first graced the world stage back in 1958 when Brazil won their first World Cup but he believes he had a team of experienced heads around him and the pressure on him wasn’t too much.
The legendary Brazilian also said the midfield is also fantastic and extremely organized but the goals need to come from all sources and not just Neymar forBrazil to raise the trophy aloft next month.