Pele says love of money endangering football

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 20:42

London: Pele, Brazil`s greatest footballer, said he believed high salaries and greedy players were a danger to the modern game.

Former New York Cosmos player Pele told a news conference held in Hong Kong to promote the reformed US soccer club that players` loyalties now are where the money is.

"They go to Real Madrid or to Santos or to Manchester," he said. "They are presented with the shirt (and say) `I love Manchester`.

"Tomorrow they go to Madrid, they say `I love Madrid`. They love who pays a little more. That is a danger for football."

Pele, 70, was named the joint best player of the 20th century alongside Argentine Diego Maradona by world soccer`s governing body FIFA in 2000.

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First Published: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 20:42

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