Argentina legend Diego Maradona has had a long-running feud with Pele. Of course there is the built in Argentina-Brazil rivalry, but Maradona is going a little too far now claiming that Pele will always be second-best to him.
“How can you say that Pele received the Ballon d’Or before me? I received the award in Paris [in 1996]. So to make Pele the first one to receive the award before me is a huge mistake,” Maradona said, via ESPN FC.
“According to me, Pele will always remain second best in football when compared to Maradona. Look at it this way, in his own country, Brazil, Pele is the second best sportsman after Ayrton Senna [the former F1 driver].
“Pele will always be second, be it in international football or in Brazilian sports. The sad thing is that he is second best and he will continue to stay in that position. While presenting the award [this year’s Ballon d’Or] to Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele uttered his name as ‘Cristiano Leonardo’. This just shows where he belongs.”
It is a little ridiculous considering that Pele is the only player to win three World Cups.