Maradona and Pele agree to truce

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The historic rivalry between Maradona and Pele may just be coming to an end, as the Argentine reached out to embrace the Santos legend in reconciliation.

They both participated in a ‘match for peace’ and, keeping with the spirit of things, the Argentine great invited the Brazilian legend to put aside their differences once and for all.”Thank you Pele, welcome to the family,” Maradona said. The charity match resulted in a tie at eight goals apiece, and the former Napoli star contributed with a penalty goal and an assist.

Maradona and Pele captained two star-studded teams, made up from some of football’s most illustrious ex-players, including Rio Ferdinand, Clarence Seedorf, Fernando Hierro, Dida, Materazzi and Hernan Crespo to name but a few.Their relationship was always fraught with tension, Maradona criticising Pele on several occasions, who rarely shied away from a respons. “Pele is a FIFA slave,” Maradona once accused the Brazilian.”He [Maradona] is a one-footed player, and the only important goal he ever had, was by hand,” Pele had responded in the past.

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