SAO PAULO: Soccer legend Pele said on Wednesday that he believed the Brazilian side which won the 1970 World Cup was “better” than the Spanish squad that won Sunday’s Euro 2012 final.
Pele however had high praise for the free-flowing, attacking football style that enabled Spain to trounce Italy 4-0 in Kiev and to be rated currently as the best team in the world.
Pele was meanwhile asked to clarify his comments in April suggesting that Brazil’s Santos star Neymar was better than Argentina’s Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, widely viewed as in a class of his own.
Pele said it was unfair to compare the 20-year-old Santos playmaker with an international career of only 18 months, with “the best player in the world, who is Messi”.
Bayern’s Breno jailed for arson
BERLIN: Brazilian former Bayern Munich defender Breno, 22, was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison by a Munich court on Wednesday after being found guilty of setting fire to his own house last year.
Breno, was found to have started the fire that almost totally destroyed his luxury house in the Munich suburb of Gruenewald on September 20, 2011. He was believed to have been drunk at the time.
During the trial, Breno did not reveal whether the fire — which caused damage worth an estimated one million euros ($1.3m) — had been started deliberately but did apologise.
Prosecutors had wanted a sentence of five-and-a-half years, while the Brazilian’s lawyers asked for a two-year suspended sentence to be imposed.
Breno escaped the fire with slight smoke inhalation but was otherwise uninjured. His wife, their son and two other children from his previous relationship were not at the house at the time.