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‘Friends forever’: Pele remembers Maradona

By AFP
25 November 2021   |   7:15 pm
Brazilian football great Pele paid tribute to his fellow legend Diego Maradona Thursday on the first anniversary of the Argentine's death at age 60.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 09, 2016 former Argentinian football international Diego Maradona (L) and former Brazilian footballer Pele pose after a football match organised by Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot at the Jardin du Palais Royal in Paris, on the eve of the Euro 2016 European football championships. – Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona passed away on November 25, 2020. (Photo by PATRICK KOVARIK / AFP)

Brazilian football great Pele paid tribute to his fellow legend Diego Maradona Thursday on the first anniversary of the Argentine’s death at age 60.

“One year without Diego. Friends forever,” Pele wrote on Instagram, posting a picture of the two of them embracing with big grins.

Pele and Maradona, who never faced each other on the pitch, often vie for the title of best footballer in history.

But Pele, 81, has put their sometimes-testy rivalry behind him since Maradona’s death, focusing instead on the warm friendship they also shared.

A man displays his tattooed arm and a jersey signed by late Argentine football star Diego Maradona outside the private cemetery where he is buried, on the first anniversary of his death, in Bella Vista, Buenos Aires province, Argentina, on November 25, 2021. (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA / AFP)


“The world has lost a legend,” he wrote the day Maradona died of a heart attack.

“One day, I hope, we will play soccer together in the sky.”

Pele and Maradona were jointly named best player of the 20th century by FIFA in 2000 — the Brazilian chosen by a jury of experts, the Argentine in a popular vote by fans.