Pele confident Neymar can lead Brazil to World Cup glory

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"Talking about his return, Neymar revealed that he now needs a month's time to recover fully from his injury as the Paris Saint-Germain striker targets return during Brazil's opening World Cup" World Cup match against Switzerland in Russian Federation on June 17.

Pele believes Neymar, who missed Brazil's 7-1 traumatic defeat to Germany four years ago on home soil due to injury, will see this year's World Cup in Russian Federation as a second opportunity for him to lift the trophy for the Seleção. Seleçao have been tipped to make amends at this year's tournament in Russian Federation, though, after they breezed through qualifying to top the South American section with 12 wins and one defeat from 18 matches.

Compare this predicament to that encountered in 2014, when Brazil's hopes of winning the World Cup on home soil vanished into thin air as soon as Neymar was stretchered off against Colombia in the knock-out phases.

He added: 'Everybody knows Brazil have the best individual players in Europe.

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The match will be particularly special for current Liverpool and Brazil forward Roberto Firmino, who already has his place in coach Tite's World Cup squad confirmed.

'I think our coach, Tite, has had little time to set up the team.

Billy Hogan, managing director and chief commercial officer of Liverpool Football Club, said: "We are delighted to welcome two world-class teams to Anfield". Brazil and Croatia will meet in Liverpool two weeks before their opening World Cup matches in Russian Federation. Neymar, the world's most expensive player, has not played since breaking a metatarsal bone in his right foot on February 25 in a Ligue 1 match against Marseille.

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