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Pele backs Brazil against Spain

Brazil's 1970 World Cup winners would win in a showdown with Spain's current all-conquering national side, Brazilian legend Pele has stated. Asked who would win a showdown between the two teams, Pele flashed a big smile and said: "If I was playing, we'd win, no doubt about it."

"As long as they are comparing teams with the 1970s, it is because the 1970s team is better," he added. "(The) 1970 (team) is the standard by which others are rated."

Spain's dominance and possession-based style of play have won them comparisons with the Brazil side of 1970, widely regarded as the greatest ever.

The 71 year old said the difference between Brazil then and Spain today was the former were far superior on a player-by-player basis.

"These comparisons will always be there but you can't compare them individually," he said. "Individually the 1970 team had a lot more better players than Spain, who have two or three excellent players."

"Without a doubt, this Spain side play the football I've most liked to watch over the last couple of generations," he added.

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