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'Exceptional' Neymar can lead Brazil to World Cup final, says Carlos Alberto

Former Brazil international Carlos Alberto Torres believes Barcelona forward Neymar can lead Brazil to next year’s World Cup final.

The 69-year-old, who captained the Selecao to the title in 1970, has warned Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side that they will face huge pressure on home soil, but thinks Neymar can make all the difference.

“We have an exceptional player in Neymar,” Carlos Alberto told Goal.

“Maybe he can help us. His decision to join Barcelona was a good one as he is playing with and against some exceptional players. We are definitely one of the favourites to reach the final of the World Cup.”

“Playing the World Cup at home means there will be too much pressure on us. I remember when we played the 1970 World Cup and when we were drawn against Uruguay in the semi-finals. Fans would turn up at players’ homes and tell our families that ‘we must not to lose to Uruguay’. That is what you call pressure. They entire nation wants you to win.”

Carlos Alberto, who joined the Selecao for the North American leg of the Gillette Brasil Global Tour last month, went on say to the future looks bright for Brazil and that he already has them as favourites for the next tournament.

 “I must say that by 2018, this Brazil team will be unbeatable,” he said.

“They will have experience of this World Cup and be ready for the challenge in Russia. That is for sure.”