Pele said he wanted to see either Robinho or Kaka in the World Cup squad picked by Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Wednesday.
The Brazil great approved the list but said Robinho or Kaka could have added some much-needed experience to the team that will try to win the World Cup at home.
He said one of the veterans "could've been called up at least to be with the group". Pele wouldn't say which player he would leave out to include either Kaka or Robinho.
Brazil's squad has only six players with past World Cup experience. Ronaldinho also was left out.
Pele said the 22-year-old Neymar has what it takes to be the best player of the World Cup but is too "young" to be considered Brazil's leader.