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
  • current rating is 3.95/5
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Diego MaradonaPelé
Total goals scored 311 1280
Total Matches played 592 1363
Playing Position Supporting striker, attacking Midfielder or Forward Forward, striker
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), Golden Ball for services to football (France Football): 1996 the Title of "Athlete of the Century" , FIFA award for "The greatest player in the history of the game" (2000), Officially declared the "football ambassador of the world" by FIFA and also holds record for most goals
Full Name Diego Armando Maradona Edson Arantes do Nascimento
Date of birth October 30, 1960 (age 46) October 23, 1940 (age 67)
Place of Birth Villa Fiorito, Buenos Aires, Argentina Três Corações, Brazil
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 1.74 m (5 ft 8+1⁄2 in)
Retirement Year 1997 1977
National Team Year- 1970-76, Club- Argentina, App (Gls) – 91 (34). Year- 1956-71, Club-Brazil , App (Gls) – 92 (77)
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

Best Goals

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