Pele has declared that Brazil has never won the gold medal at the Olympics because he was never offered the chance to participate.
The 71-year-old was in a joking mood at a press conference ahead of the centenary date of his former club Santos.
"Our best players are in this age bracket, it is a medal that Brazil needs to have," Pele told reporters at the Vila Belmiro. "Do you know why we do not have a gold medal? When I started playing I was 16. When we started, professionals could not play in the Olympics.
"Brazil have never won an Olympics because I never played."
With no such restrictions in place now Santos duo Neymar and Ganso are almost certain to participate in London this year.
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