When the Brazilian Olympic Football team take the field at the Rio Olympics in August, they will be carrying more than the heightened expectations typical of a host nation. For a country that has won the FIFA World Cup an unprecedented five times, Olympic gold is the only piece missing in the crown jewels of the undisputed kings of world football.\r\n\r\nAmidst the backdrop of arguably the most controversial and scrutinised Olympics buildup in modern history, the host nation sees football not only as one of their best medal hopes at the Rio games, but a chance at redemption for a team whose recent outings have ended in ignominious failure.\r\n\r\n\r\nYou'll also like:\r\nTop 20 Eye-Opening Sports Documentaries\r\nInterview with UFC Photographer - Nick 'The Tooth' Gullo\r\nKite Fighting \u2013 Brasil\u2019s 2nd Most Popular Sport?\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhen Brazil lost 7-1 to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-final in Rio, the shock marked an existential crisis for a nation that views football and Catholicism as the twin pillars of society. Two years later and the side crashed out in the group stages of the centennial Copa America tournament in June.\r\n\r\nSuch is the significance placed on Olympic glory that Neymar, captain and current star of the Brazilian team, opted to sit out the Copa America, in consultation with his club side Barcelona, to focus on\u00a0the competition in Rio.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNeymar is the latest in a long lineage of deified Brazilian footballers who are seen to embody both the beautiful game and their fierce national spirit. It is a dynasty unrivalled in world sport and can be traced back to the emergence of Pel\u00e9, whose life and career has been given the silver-screen treatment in the upcoming biopic "Pel\u00e9: Birth of a Legend".\r\n\r\nThe film tracks Pel\u00e9\u2019s journey from a poverty-stricken childhood in the Sao Paolo slums to winning the World Cup in 1958 at the tender age of 17 and emerging as a national hero. Widely considered the greatest footballer of all time, Pel\u00e9 remains the only player to have won the World Cup on three occasions and was also named \u2018Athlete of the Century\u2019 by the International Olympic Committee.\r\n\r\n"Pel\u00e9: Birth of a Legend" is an earnest attempt at capturing the essence of a larger-than-life sporting icon, whose celebrity and controversies later came to transcend the sport. It touches on the issues of racism and classicism that defined Brazilian society, but suffers as an overly melodramatic hagiography that charts Pel\u00e9\u2019s exploits as akin to those of a Marvel superhero.\r\n\r\nKevin de Paula plays the teenage superstar in "Pel\u00e9: Birth of a Legend"\r\nDespite its warm aesthetic and vibrant cinematography, the film ultimately plays like any other hackneyed sports movie, replete with physics-defying training montages and cartoonish rivals.\r\n\r\nYet it\u2019s hard to truly capture the extent to which Pel\u00e9 defined Brazilian sporting culture \u2014 a peerless athlete whose unique style and personal achievements remain unmatched half a century later. If Neymar and Brazil are to achieve Olympic gold in Rio, they need look no further than Pel\u00e9 for inspiration.\r\n\r\n"Pele: Birth of a Legend" is out on DVD and Digital 17 August.\r\n\r\n\r\nYou'll also like:\r\nTop 20 Eye-Opening Sports Documentaries\r\nInterview with UFC Photographer - Nick 'The Tooth' Gullo\r\nKite Fighting \u2013 Brasil\u2019s 2nd Most Popular Sport?