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Players should be loyal to clubs, not money – Pele

We are very confident and everybody is making a lot of efforts at the moment, and like I said before when you are talking of…

We are very confident and everybody is making a lot of efforts at the moment, and like I said before when you are talking of Brazil we have a connection with Africa because it is Brazil and Africa that make sports beautiful in Europe, there is no doubt about that.

Also like I mentioned before, we have each game held in Asia, in Europe, Central America in Mexico, but in South America, in Brazil we have never had it before, so I think it is now the moment to go and have the Olympics there.

Africa will be staging her first ever senior World Cup next year, how do you see the chance of Africa making it at next year’s World Cup?

If you remember, ten years ago I started mentioning about how football in Africa will grow and get better and better. Africa gets a lot of players in Europe and they have a lot of experience, and with adequate preparation it will not be surprised to see Africa in the finals or the quarter-final at the World Cup.

You can see that at the Confederation Cup, South Africa for the first time was at the semi-final and United States was at the final. So there are no big teams in football now, all countries are equal. Now, we have to respect the developing countries.

How much of Nigerian football do you know and how do you fancy Nigerian football?

I was here sometimes ago, then it was a tournament in Nigeria, they had a good team and base on that, I hope they will still have a good team because the moment is very important. Nigerian players are good and they have excellent players in Europe and at the moment we have one year to prepare the team.

What is your take on the huge money being paid to players as salaries and sign on fees at the moment?

Oh yes, I agree with you, in my time we needed to play for ten years to get the kind of money being paid to young players in one year today, but it is a different life at the moment. During my time we did not have big companies investing in football.

What we discussed in the committee of FIFA was that players should be more honest to themselves and the clubs because players at the moment are in the habit of changing clubs every year, they play in Europe and the next year they are in Madrid or go to Italy or England, and the next year they change the club again, it means they don’t have the love for the team but the love for money.

So, that is what the new generation of players will have to pay attention to because no loyalty, they are just looking for money, and that is the big problem we have to face in future.