FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Pelé labeled Spain as the best team in the world today, but he said he isn't sure if the all-conquering side will retain the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
“Listen, what they're going to do in the World Cup, we don't know, but today, they are the best team,” Pelé said during a press conference to announce a partnership between Sovereign | Santander and the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
The former Brazil great said he has monitored Vicente Del Bosque's side since its rise to prominence ahead of Euro 2008 and tracked its growth over the past few years.
Much of the Spanish success comes from the cohesive dynamic between the players rather than the surplus of individual talent at Del Bosque's disposal, according to Pelé.
“I admire them because I have followed the national team since four or five years ago,” Pelé said. “All of those years, they play very good. They have a nice team. It's not only individual players.”
Whether those players find some way to build upon their success at Euro 2012 and claim the first World Cup for a European side on South American soil remains uncertain.
Even if Del Bosque's side does not maintain its place at the top of international football in two years' time, it will pose a significant threat to win the tournament, according to the three-time World Cup winner.
“No doubt, they'll be one of the best teams in Brazil,” Pelé said. “No doubt. If they don't have injuries, today, they are the most organized team in the world.”
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