Pele Maradona Feud: Pele Blasts Argentina's Head Coach, Maradona
Pele, World's Greatest Player Ever In Feud With Maradona, World's Second Greatest Player Ever
Brazilian soccer legend, Pele has accused Argentinian soccer legend and head coach Diego Maradona of accepting the coaching job simply for the money.
Maradona accepted the job as he needed work and needed the money. I saw how Argentina qualified with difficulty. But it is not Maradona's fault; it is the fault of those who put him in charge."
Pele went on to say " I don know why he speaks so much about me, he must be in love with me."
Pele and Maradona two of best soccer players ever also have egos to match their talents and have a long running verbal feud the most recent trigger being the world cup in South Africa, with Mardona taking a shot at Pele.
The Argentina coach chose to re-open their rift last week by saying Pele was wrong to question Africa's suitability as World Cup hosts following the murder in January of three Togo officials at the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.
Maradona claimed: 'When the tragedy happened, a certain coloured gentleman who played No 10 didn't believe that the World Cup could be played here. But South Africa answers him "yes it can", the World Cup begins.'
Pele,69, served as Brazil's sports minister for years. Maradona has had tumultuous history of cocaine use, and tax problems.
Pele and Maradona shard the FIFA Player of the Centuryaward in 2000. Pele led Brazil to three World Cups in the 1970s and Maradona to a World Cup victory in 1986 and they were glorious players but now it seems both find it hard to give up the spotlight.