Neymar's agent hits out at Pele

Normally a frequent user of social media, Neymar maintained his silence Wednesday amid a gathering media storm. Ribeiro, his agent, said the three-time World Cup winner would not be as good as Neymar if he played in the current era.

updated: February 21, 2013 13:19 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: The agent of Brazil star Neymar has accused Pele of hypocrisy and jealousy after the football legend's stinging attack on the 21-year-old's attitude.

In a controversial newspaper interview published on Wednesday, Pele said Neymar had become an "ordinary player" for Brazil's national team. He added the striker needed to be more of a team player and focus less on his haircut and public image, reports Xinhua.

Neymar's representative Wagner Ribeiro said Pele had no right to comment on the star's lifestyle.

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