Brazilian soccer nice Pele paid tribute to his fellow legend Diego Maradona on Thursday on the primary anniversary of the Argentine’s demise at age 60.
“One year without Diego. Friends forever,” Pele wrote on Instagram, posting an image of the 2 of them embracing with huge grins.
Pele and Maradona, who by no means confronted one another on the pitch, typically vie for the title of greatest footballer in historical past.
But Pele, 81, has put their sometimes-testy rivalry behind him since Maradona’s demise, focusing as an alternative on the nice and cozy friendship additionally they shared.
“The world has lost a legend,” he wrote the day Maradona died of a coronary heart assault.
“One day, I hope, we will play soccer together in the sky.”
Pele and Maradona had been collectively named greatest participant of the 20th century by FIFA in 2000 — the Brazilian chosen by a jury of consultants, the Argentine in a well-liked vote by followers.