Each males are thought of two of the best soccer gamers in historical past and are available from equally humble backgrounds.
“I’ve misplaced a terrific good friend and the world misplaced a legend,” wrote Pele, who turned 80 final month, on Twitter.
“There’s nonetheless a lot to be stated, however for now, might God give energy to his members of the family. At some point, I hope, we’ll play soccer collectively in heaven.”
Whereas Maradona — on the age of 25 — was key to Argentina’s World Cup triumph in 1986, Pele burst onto the scene as a youngster, serving to lead his native Brazil to match success within the 1958 occasion.
Pele went on to star on two different World Cup title groups as nicely, in 1962 and 1970, along with a breakthrough profession with the Brazilian membership Santos and later with the New York Cosmos of the now-defunct North American Soccer League.
In 2000, Pele and Maradona had been named co-Gamers of the Century by FIFA, the worldwide soccer governing physique.
The Brazilian legend was amongst a variety of high-profile names to pay tribute to Maradona on social media after the information was confirmed.
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez has introduced three days of nationwide mourning following Maradona’s loss of life, whereas UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin stated a minute’s silence can be noticed forward of all European matches this week.