Maradona: “Pele lost his virginity to a man”
Argentinean responds emphatically to Pele’s claims he is a ‘negative example’
Maradona keeps his distance while ‘welcoming’ Pele to his talk show in 2005
Like cats and dogs, bloods and crips and Cristiano Ronaldo and modesty, Pele and Maradona are fierce enemies. As leading contenders for the position as the greatest football of all time, the Brazilian and the Argentinean have been trying to soil one another’s reputations for years.
In 2000, Pele denied an accusation by Maradona that he had had his first sexual experience at the age of 14 with a coach. At the time, the Brazilian attributed Maradona’s surprising outburst to a mixture of jealousy and disapproval of his staunch support for anti-drugs campaigns.
While bizarrely accusing Robinho of taking drugs on Monday, Pele did not miss the opportunity to take a potshot at his Argentinean adversary, by claiming he was “a negative example”. When journalists asked Maradona for a response prior to Argentina’s match with Venezuela, he ignored the opportunity to defend himself, opting to re-tell his homosexual slur:
“What do you want me to say? He lost his virginity to a man.”
According to Spanish paper Marca, this statement provoked laughter from the journalists.