Pelé or Maradona: who is the best?

If you ask any football fan who is the best of all time, there are two answers: Pelé or Maradona.

Diego Armando Maradona was born on October 30, 1960 in Lanùs in Argentina; Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, known as Pelé, was born on October 23, 1940 in Tres Coraçoes, in Minos Gerais, Brazil. Despite the two having lived in two different football eras and one was born 20 years before the other, the two were considered great rivals, even if they were on good terms. This is because they were and are certainly the two strongest footballer ever, but not everyone agrees on who is the best.

Maradona, nicknamed “El pibe de oro (the golden boy)”, grew up in the Argentinos Juniors youth academy, where he also played his first six seasons as a professional, then he moved to Boca Juniors for one year, he played two years in Barcelona and from 1984 to 1991 he was in the team of Naples, becoming an idol for all Neapolitans. Then he ended his football career at Boca Juniors. As a trainer he coached Argentina for three years from 2008 to 2010.

Pelé has almost always been at Santos where he played from 1957 to 1974. He became famous all over the world for his experiences with the Brazilian national team. With this team he won three world championships in 1958, 1962 and 1970. The most famous is the one in Sweden in 1958 when he was 17 years old.

There are different points of view about who is the strongest in history between Pele and Maradona. Some say Pelé because of the statistics (1300 goals, a record in the history of football), his playing skills and for his desire to fight and win at all costs, such as in the overhead goal scored by an injured person at the time. Others say Maradona for his fantastic quality and for his humiliating and inimitable dribbling. Pelé is still alive: he is 81 years old. Maradona died of a heart problem on November 2, 2020.

What do you think is the best?

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