The elite of the football world travel to Rio de Janeiro for the Soccerex event on the 26-30 November 2011 but the father of Brazilian football Pele has said that Brazil's preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup are “scary”, but has stated his confidence that the country will deliver and is adamant that President Dilma Rousseff will not let Brazil fail.
Pele may be 71 but the icon of Brazilian football still acts as the honorary global ambassador for the World Cup and has expressed his surprise with some of the delays in the 12 host cities:
“It was scary,” he said of the state of preparations, according to the Associated Press.
“It is sad and it worries me that we have to go through this even though we knew eight years ago that the World Cup was going to be held in Brazil.”
He added: “It seems everything is being solved, there are some delays but I’m certain that everything will be ready. We have problems with transportation and communications, but the government will do everything necessary to get things ready.”
In another twist former PSV and Barcelona striker Romario has lashed out at the Brazilian legend, telling him to stop making comments about him.
Romario has vowed to bring Brazilian Football Confederation president Ricardo Teixeira to justice if the corruption allegations on the 64-year-old are confirmed.
Earlier in the week, Pele played down Romario's resolve and said that the 45-year-old was accusing Teixeira as a way to get back at the confederation for being left out of Brazil's squad for the 1998 World Cup.
Romario stated he is not looking for revenge and said that Pele was clueless when he made those comments.
"I had promised never to talk about Pele again, because he talks so much sh*t," Romario said
"Pele should run for the parliament, he does not know any rules, any statutes, anything at all... He must shut up.
"I am 45 years old, I know many things. This thing about sorrow is stupid. What I say about Ricardo Teixeira is about what I see."
Let hope the Brazilian legends can put there difference apart as the football world looks on at the end of November.