Unless the Real Madrid man can fire, the Selecao may find it difficult to lift the trophy once again…
Pele has confessed that the indifferent form being shown by Brazil playmaker Kaka is a worry for the Selecao ahead of the World Cup.
Since moving to Real Madrid last summer, the 28-year-old has toiled to find his best form, having been hampered by a series of injury setbacks, and the three-time world champion believes that the South American side need their conductor to be nearer the peak of his game if they are to lift a sixth world crown.
“Kaka worries me,” Pele is reported to have said by ESPN. “He is very important to our team. He is a key player for our attack and midfield. But God willing he will be in good form.”
The all-time great then went on to lament the style of certain sides in the competition. “I believe that there are certain teams, Germany, Italy and England, who play a certain kind of game – a good game, strong game,” he explained. “They don’t focus on playing the beautiful game, they play a more defensive and decisive game. That is difficult for us to imagine.
“We do have countries and teams playing the beautiful game. I include Spain, Portugal, Holland. Unfortunately in World Cup history it’s not always the team that plays beautiful football that wins. This is because the World Cup takes place over a short one-month period, seven games, so it’s pretty tough.”