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Maradona, Pele end feud

Two of the greatest players in the history of the game came together to take part in a one-off five-a-side match in Paris.

Together as one — Maradona and Pele embrace Thursday, ending a long standing feud
Together as one — Maradona and Pele embrace Thursday, ending a long standing feud

So often at loggerheads, Brazil legend Pele and Argentina icon Maradona put their differences to one side for Hublot’s Match of Friendship at the Palais Royale in Paris to mark Euro 2016.

The 75-year-old Brazil great and 55-year-old Argentine legend even embraced during the five-a-side exhibition game in a sign that they have drawn a line under their long-running feud.

Pele and Maradona played the roles of coach as two teams of former stars went head to head in the palace garden the day before France play Romania at the Stade de France in the opening game of the Euros.

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand, ex-Holland midfielder Clarence Seedorf, former Spain and Real Madrid defender Fernando Hierro and Italy’s World Cup-winning defender Fabio Cannavaro were among the names to take part.

‘I want to thank Pele, we know who he is and who he will always be. We need icons like him,’ said Maradona, who starred in Argentina’s 1986 World Cup triumph.


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