Pele and Maradona caused a stir at the Match of Friendship in Paris, France on Thursday (9th June) as they were overheard making less than flattering remarks about Lionel Messi.
Their personal feud might be over, but Diego Maradona and Pele might have just started another with no less a footballing figure than Lionel Messi.
The pair took part in a pre-Euro 2016 event in Paris on Friday called the ‘Match of Friendship’.
But it’s doubtful whether either will be receiving any friendly messages from the Barcelona and Argentina superstar for a while.
Unaware that their microphones were turned on, they were overheard describing Messi as ‘lacking personality’ and ‘without leadership qualities’ as they were waiting for the teams to walk out.
Maradona and Pele were involved in a bitter spat in 2000 after FIFA ran an online poll asking fans to pick their footballer of the 20th century.
Maradona easily won the vote, but FIFA thought the result was skewed too heavily towards younger fans and assembled an international jury to decide the issue.
They backed Pele, and that caused such a protest that FIFA were forced to split the award.
They named Pele and Maradona jointly as the two greatest players of all time.
« Pele won by forfeit, » Maradona said at the time. « I had the vote of the people ».
Angelo Peruzzi, Rio Ferdinand and Clarence Seedorf were among the list of former players to feature in Friday’s kickabout.
For the record, Maradona netted twice, once from the spot and with the final kick of the game to make the result a diplomatic 8-8 draw.
Pele didn’t take part in the game itself as he continues to recover from hip surgery.
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