Maradona & Pele Shed Bitter Rivalry With ‘Historic’ Embrace In Paris
Maradona, 55, who is most famous for leading Argentina to World Cup success in 1986, wrapped his arms around Pele as they met on stage.
They appeared to share a joke on stage as the specially-invited audience watched on.
“I want to thank Pele, we know who he is and who he will always be. We need icons like him,” Maradona declared to the audience.
Pele, 75, the only man his history to win the World Cup three times, later had his arm hoisted into the air by Maradona as the watching crowds cheered.
“The most important is the message of peace,” said Pele.
“Many thanks to my friend Maradona for this opportunity and a big round of applause to the players who have been here today. This is a moment of peace.”
Maradona and Pele famously rowed after an online FIFA vote to decide the greatest player of the 20th Century back in 2000, in which Maradona was declared winner but global football chiefs and pundits claimed users who voted were too young to have seen Pele play or know much about him. A re-vote saw Pele win. An angry Maradona walked out of the gala event where Fifa declared both as football’s two greatest players of all time.
However, at the Euro 2016 gala, all seem to look like all is forgotten as the football greats were joined by Fernando Hierro, Roberto Baggio, Clarence Seedorf, Bebeto, Dida, David Trezeguet, Marco Materazzi and Hernan Crespo.
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