HISTORY is against the European teams, including defending champions Spain, winning the World Cup. And former Manchester United star Dwight Yorke has predicted that one of the South American teams will win the 2014 edition.
Yorke, who starred for Trinidad and Tobago in the 2006 World Cup, said this year's World Cup is unpredictable but he puts his money on the South American teams.
Yorke, who is currently in Kuala Lumpur as a Fifa ambassador for the World Cup Tour by Coca Cola, said his personal pick is five-time champions Brazil.
However, he felt that some of Brazil's continental rivals are also in contention.
"History shows no European team has gone to South America and won the World Cup," said Yorke yesterday.
"I will go with one of the South American teams and my favourite is Brazil who have played at home and abroad. If not them, one will come from South America.
"Spain have dominated the game for several years but I still see the South American teams, including the likes of Uruguay and Argentina winning."
Yorke, despite achieving a treble with Manchester United in 1999-2000, said the greatest moment of his career was playing in the 2006 World Cup for his country.
"I have won a treble with United and have been successful as a professional but my ultimate moment is playing in the 2006 World Cup in Germany."
"Not all the top professionals have got the opportunity to play in the World Cup and I am one of the privileged players to have done so."
Yorke poured cold water on United's chances of winning the Premier League title this year, saying it will take some time before his former team can achieve success under manager David Moyes.
"This has been a difficult year for United with new manager Moyes in place. It is highly unlikely that (winning the league title) will happen," said Yorke.
"Maybe winning a cup and doing well in the Champions League would be more realistic."
Yesterday, football fans had the opportunity to have a close-up view of the World Cup as well as meeting Yorke at the Putra World Trade Centre.