Pele believes Barcelona winger Neymar has a bright future © Getty Images
Pele will be visiting India after a gap of 38 years © Getty Images

Legendary footballer Pele admitted that he knows cricket only from what he has seen once in a while on the television and can learn more about the sport only if he starts playing it. The Brazilian football legend will be visiting India after a long gap of 38 years. He is expected to be in Kolkata and Delhi between October 11 and 17, 2015, where he will meet students and faculty of a private university. The retired footballer will also participate in the conversation with Sourav Ganguly, which will be moderated by Boria Majumdar. He will then attend a gala dinner. Pele will also be the guest of honour in Atletico de Kolkata’s opening match in the Indian Super League (ISL). All fund-raising events that Pele visits in Kolkata will go to the Chief Minister’s relief Fund of West Bengal. READ: Pele to visit India after 38 years; to meet Sourav Ganguly

According to a report from Times of India, when asked about his previous visit to India, Pele said, “Yes, it is fantastic to remember that visit because when we set up the Cosmos team, we get a lot of players from Europe who travelled to India. The plane was full. When we reached Kolkata, our centre forward Giorgio Chinaglia (Italian striker) looked down from the window of the plane and exclaimed, ‘Oh, Pele, we cannot get down here. There are too many people out there.’ It was a fantastic and beautiful welcome. I will never forget that.”

He also suggested that Barcelona and Brazilian winger Neymar has the potential to be one of the best players in the world. “It’s easy to talk about Neymar for us because we are from Santos and he grew with us. I think he has the possibility to be one of the best players in the world. He goes to Europe which makes it a little complicated. The playing style is different in Brazil. No doubt he has a bright future,” he said.