As reported by A Bola, Brazil legend Pelé has asked the team’s current number ten, PSG attacker Neymar, not to quit international football in the aftermath of his team’s shock defeat to Croatia in the World Cup quarter-finals.
Suffering with cancer, the 82-year-old is reportedly responding well to hospital treatment for a lung infection picked up at the end of November. Currently in a Sao Paulo hospital, Pelé wrote on social media:
“Your legacy is far from complete. Continue to inspire us all and I will continue to applaud you for every goal you score, as I did in every game I’ve seen you on the pitch. Congratulations for having equalled my number of goals. However, you know, as I do, that no number is as great as the joy of representing our country.”
At 30-years-old, Neymar will be nearing the end of his career by the time the next World Cup arrives in 2026, scheduled to be hosted in North America.