Posted: Jan 27 2012
RIO DE JANEIRO – Arguably two of the greatest soccer players ever to play the game, Argentine native Diego Maradona and Brazilian native Pele aren’t exactly ‘the best of friends’.
When 71 year old Pele, who won three world championships for Brazil, posted a note on the World Cup FIFA site that expressed he was born to play soccer, ‘El Diez’ (the ten, Maradona’s playing number) fired right back with a mockery line.
“Beethoven was born to compose, Michelangelo to paint and I to play soccer,” wrote Pele, to which Maradona, who now coaching the Al-Wasl team of the United Arabic Emirates, responded:
“If Pele compares himself to Beethoven, they must have switched his pills again!”
Laughing hardy, Maradona further said: “Beethoven, I never heard Beethoven on the field. If he [Pele] is Beethoven than I am Ron Wood, Keith Richards and Bono all wrapped into one because I was the incarnation of passion on the soccer field.”
When asked about his countryman, Lionel Messi, who plays with FC Barcelona, Spain and is by many considered to be today’s best soccer player, Maradona said:
“It’s not up to me to say who is the best. I have asked at least a thousands times that people leave Lio alone with this nonsense. The joke is that people only talk about me and Messi and a certain person can’t stand it and has to impose himself urgently.” (referring to Pele)
Maradona verbally attacks Pele on a regular basis. Earlier this year he told the legendary soccer player to run back to the museum and to pay close attention he takes the right pills so he would stop speaking nonsense.
Pele is by many considered the front runner of legendary soccer players who paved the way for players like Maradona and turned soccer into a world sport watched by more people world wide than any other sport.
That is obviously not Diego Maradona’s opinion.
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