Rio De Janeiro – Pele said his heart ached for Neymar after Brazil's star player was ruled out of the rest of the World Cup but noted that the team lifted the 1962 trophy despite his own injury.
The football legend, recalling that Neymar had played at Santos like him, wrote on Twitter that “it hurts our hearts to know that he can no longer defend Brazil in the World Cup.”
“I was also injured during the 1962 World Cup in Chile, and I was out for the rest of the tournament,” he wrote in English and Portuguese.
“But God helped Brazil continue on to win the Championship. I hope the same will happen with our Selecao in this World Cup.”
Neymar was ruled out of the rest of the tournament after breaking a vertebrae when Colombian defender Juan Camilo Zuniga kneed him in the lower back during Brazil's 2-1 victory quarter-final victory on Friday.
Brazil will face Germany in the semi-finals on Tuesday.
Four years after winning their first World Cup, the Selecao had to play without Pele in the tournament in Chile after he was injured against Czechoslovakia in the second game.
But they managed to win their second World Cup thanks to the dribbling skills of another legend, Garrincha. – Sapa-AFP