Pele hopes Brazil clinch gold medal

Soccer hero Pele has received an honorary university degree - and said he hoped Brazil could clinch gold in the Olympic football final.

The degree, awarded by the University of Edinburgh, celebrates the Brazilian's significant contribution to humanitarian and environmental causes, as well as his sporting achievements, which include winning the World Cup three times.

Since his retirement from football, Pele has been his country's Extraordinary Minister for Sport and was appointed a United Nations ambassador for ecology and the environment in 1992.

After receiving the award at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, he said: "I thank not only my family, but all my friends, my players, because you cannot do things alone.

"I have a lot of people who helped me to be here.

"Always I was very focused in respecting people, and trying to do my best, this is one way, I thank God, to give back to the people who love me.

"Most important to me is, not disappointing the people who admire me, the people who love me - that I tried to do, all my life."

He said he hoped to see Brazil win the Olympic soccer competition - they play Mexico in the final on Saturday.

"People say, Brazil doesn't have a gold medal in Olympics (soccer). I say, yes, I started to play at 17 years old in the World Cup, and I became a professional, and at that time professionals could not play.

"I hope now I'm here, I hope we get the gold medal that I never got."