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The Brazil icon says he would join the Blaugrana out of any of the world's leading clubs as he feels their style of play is similar to that of his old Santos side

Legendary Brazil forward Pele says he would choose to play for Barcelona ahead of any other side in modern-day football.

Pele spent the majority of his career with Santos before moving to New York Cosmos for the final few years of his playing days, having opted not to play club football in Europe.

However, the 73-year-old says he would play for Gerardo Martino's side above all others at the top of the modern game, as they possess a style similar to that of his Santos outfit in the 1960s.

"If I had to play in modern football, I would choose Barcelona," he told Time magazine.

"I could play for two or three teams, but right now, I would say I'd choose Barcelona. Their style is most similar to that of Santos in my day."

Pele, who won three World Cups with Brazil during a remarkable career, retired from football in 1977.