Barca star says Pele is still the 'King of Football' in Brazil

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Brazil and Barcelona superstar Neymar has dismissed comparisons with the legendary Pele ahead of next summer's World Cup.

The Barcelona forward is the undisputed darling of Brazilian football, and the talented 22-year-old will be expected to lead the Selecao to glory in their homeland this summer.

Pele, who is widely regarded is one of the finest players in football history, won three World Cup during his days playing for Brazil.

He won the 1958 World Cup in Sweden before following it up with triumphs in 1962 and 1970 in a glittering career that established him in the eyes of many, alongside Argentina legend Diego Maradona, as the best players of all time.

And Neymar admitted that while he enjoys his stature, it is the 73-year-old who is still the "King of Football" in the South American country.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Neymar said: "For me it is a pleasure to be compared to a great player like Pele. But he is the King of Football. I am just a boy who wants to play soccer.

"We suffer pressure in all of the things we do. It's normal in life, but if you're an athlete, this pressure is bigger because you are an example for many people.

"I suffer pressure since I decided to become a player, but it's a pleasure for me to play a World Cup in my country to my people."

Neymar has stuttered somewhat since making his big-money move to Barcelona last summer, but for his national team, he benefits from having the team built around him, and his international stats are certainly impressive.

The former Santos youngster has netted 30 goals in 47 games for his country, playing in a side that is largely harnessed to get the most out of him.

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