By FOX SPORTS staff
A total of four goals and four assists from the Barcelona star helped to fuel Brazil's triumphant Confederations Cup campaign earlier in the summer, with Neymar also keeping up his scoring run for his country in recent friendlies against Australia and Portugal.
While Pele admitted that Neymar had become an integral part of the Brazilian team, he believed the country's quest for the World Cup on home soil next year cannot rest solely on the 21-year old's shoulders.
"Neymar is an extraordinary player and he is of fundamental importance to the team," Pele said to Estado de Sao Paolo.
"However, we can't depend too much on him."
Nevertheless, Neymar's Barcelona team-mate and compatriot Dani Alves was excited by the former Santos player's prospects.
"I think Neymar is one of the few players who was touched by God when he was born and he said 'you will be the player'," he shared with Eurosport.
"He is a great player in a great team and the entire football world is watching him and soon they will see more of what he can do."
Neymar will be part of a Barcelona side that welcomes Sevilla to the Camp Nou this Saturday.