Maradona and Pele were two of the greatest football (soccer) players of all time.

See also Mágico González vs. Pelé.

Comparison chart

Diego Maradona versus Pelé comparison chart
Edit this comparison chartDiego MaradonaPelé
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Diego MaradonaPelé
Playing Position Supporting striker, attacking Midfielder or Striker Forward, Attacking Midfielder or Striker
Date of birth October 30, 1960 October 23, 1940
Total goals scored 356 Pelé is the most successful league goal-scorer in the world, scoring 1281 goals in 1363 games, which included unofficial friendlies and tour games.
Total Matches played 679 1363
Full Name Diego Armando Maradona Edson Arantes do Nascimento
Place of Birth Villa Fiorito, Buenos Aires, Argentina Três Corações, Brazil
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Recognition / Awards Received the FIFA award of Player of the century (People's choice, 2000), Argentine Senate "Domingo Faustino Sarmiento" recognition for lifetime achievement ( 2005), "Honorific Golden Ball" for services to European football Received the Title of "Athlete of the Century" (1999), the FIFA award of Player of the century (experts choise, 2000) "FIFA Golden Ball" for services to world football (FIFA and France Football 2014), "Guinness World Records" for Most Goals.
Retirement Year 1997 1977
National Team Argentina. 34 goals in 91 appearances. Brazil. 77 goals in 92 appearances
Youth Clubs Argentinos Juniors Bauru AC
After retirement Suffered ill health, underwent stomach-stapling operation which helped control his weight gain. Since overcoming his cocaine addiction, he has become a TV host in Argentina. Has been an ambassador for football and has also undertaken various acting roles (featured in ten films)and commercial ventures
Achievements after retirement Became the coach of Argentina in 2010 FIFA world cup. Appointed a United Nations ambassador for ecology and the environment, Awarded Brazil's Gold Medal for outstanding services to the sport in 1995 & Appointed a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
International titles FIFA World Cup (1986), Copa UEFA (1988-89) FIFA World Cup (1958, 1962, 1970) Copa Libertadores (1962, 1963), Intercontinental Cup (1962, 1963), Intercontinental Supercup (1968)

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