Legendary Brazil superstar Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known to the soccer world as Pelé, predicted that Mexico and Brazil will advance to the round of 16 during this summer’s FIFA World Cup. At least that is what O’ Rei is hoping to see this summer in his native Brazil as they host the world’s most popular competition.
The 73 year-old former international held an interview with ESPN Deportes in New York where he spoke about his experiences during the Mexico 1970 FIFA World Cup when he was crowned champion with the verdeamarela and had praise for the Mexican national team.
“First I want to express my gratitude once again for the support we received during Mexico 1970. We felt as if we were at home,” Pelé said. “I’ve said several times that Mexico has three or four excellent players in Europe and with that they have the chance to advance to the next round, even reach the final, after all the world cup is full of surprises. We hope they do a good job, after all they have Brazil in their group, so I hope they both qualify.”
Pelé was also asked what his prediction was about the second game of Group A action that has Brazil taking on El Tri. He expressed that it wouldn’t matter if Mexico reached the final and faced Brazil.
“I always want Brazil to win,” Pelé answered.
During the interview the former Santos FC player was also asked his opinion over Mexican international Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez of the English Premier League’s Manchester United.
“He has a lot of experience in his position,” Pelé continued. “He’s a quality player. He’s been playing well for the last two years. I like him because he has heart and that makes him a stand-out player.”
Finally he was asked about his expectations about the upcoming world cup.
“We will have a great world cup in Brazil,” Pelé concluded.