Brazilian legend Pele said he hoped current Brazil star Neymar's experience in Europe with Barcelona could give the Seleçao a boost at next year's FIFA 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," the three-time World Cup winner with Brazil continued.
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 favourable to Brazil."
Pele added he hoped that popular protest of the kind which occurred during last June's FIFA 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," Pele said, who was attending a Sao Paulo function with US swimming legend Michael Phelps.