Wednesday, November 25, 2020
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – The most heated wrangling over the title of football’s greatest player could be found between Diego Maradona and Pelé themselves.
So often, their squabbling would descend into acrimonious barbs and taunts launched between the finest to play the game.
It was a feud in which FIFA did not want to take sides when it came to naming the top player of the 20th century. Pelé was the pick of experts. Maradona was the people’s choice as the winner of an online vote. So they shared the award and continued to bicker in public.
Maradona, rated as one of the best-ever players in the world, died yesterday of a heart attack. Three weeks ago the 60-year-old former Argentina midfield maestro was admitted to hospital for surgery on a blood clot in his brain, before being discharged to recover at home. It was at home that he died yesterday.
There is always the debate whether Brazilian Pele or Argentina’s Maradona was the world’s greatest-ever footballer, with the likes of Lionel Messi and Christian Ronaldo also being well-regarded, but not of the same status. For Fenwick, there is only one choice.
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