‘I’d love to recreate 1970 goal with Neymar instead of Pele’

The former World Cup-winning captain says his dream end to the upcoming finals would be a replica of his famous goal, with the Barcelona star standing in for his old team-mate
Former Brazil captain Carlos Alberto Torres says he would love the chance to replicate his famous goal from the 1970 World Cup final, with Neymar playing the role of Pele.

The Selecao saw off Italy 4-1 in Mexico City that year, with Carlos Alberto receiving a pass from Pele after a sweeping move to fire home what has been labelled one of the greatest goals in the history of the game.

And the former Brazil captain says that if he were to take to the field for the 2014 World Cup final, Neymar would be the perfect stand-in for Pele.

“If I could play, obviously I would like to play a one-two with Neymar, with Neymar giving me a pass just like Pele did in the 1970 World Cup Final,” the 68-year-old told Goal, before offering a more realistic scenario.

“I like Marcelo. He attacks a lot and creates opportunities for his team-mates. Maybe a one-two play between Marcelo and Neymar on the left, with Neymar scoring the winning goal for Brazil.”

The Selecao legend also gave his backing to coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has led Brazil on a run of 12 victories in 13 since the opening game of last year’s Confederations Cup.

“Felipao is doing a good job as a manager. He has defined his team at the right time, just as his work was being questioned following some defeats.

“He is a great manager because of the glories he has had in the past, with clubs, and because of the World Cup title in 2002.”

The former Santos and New York Cosmos star also called on some of the more senior players to step up and assist captain Thiago Silva as on-field leaders.

“I think Thiago Silva have all the qualities to be the team's skipper,” he said.

“A more experienced player, like Maicon, can be one of the leaders too. Maybe even Fred.

“This isn't a team with players who have great power of leadership, because of the young age of the squad.”