Neymar`s European experience can help Brazil, says Pele

AFP| Updated: Dec 05, 2013, 00:07 AM IST

Brazilian legend Pele said on Wednesday he hoped current Brazil star Neymar`s experience in Europe with Barcelona could give the Selecao a boost at next year`s World Cup.

Brazil "shouldn`t fear anyone," Pele said as he pinpointed next June as Neymar`s chance to shine on the world stage.

"We hope with the experience he has been getting in Europe he can produce a fine showing with the Brazilian team," said Pele, who played on three Brazilian World Cup-winning teams.

Pele, now 73, added he has no desire to draw any of the 32 balls in Friday`s draw in the northeastern resort of Costa do Sauipe.

"I don`t feel comfortable with drawing the balls as I don`t want to choose (teams) not favorable to Brazil."

Pele added he hoped that popular protest of the kind which marred last June`s Confederations Cup would not spoil the World Cup.

"I hope people realise this is very important for our country. People can protest but let`s not spoil the World Cup," said Pele, who was attending a Sao Paulo function with US swimming legend Michael Phelps.