Diego Maradona has taken a swipe at two World Cup legends, claiming that Pele should “go back to the museum” and that UEFA president Michel Platini “believes he is better than the rest”.
The outspoken Argentina manager has continued his feud with Brazilian great Pele, who had claimed that Maradona had only taken the Argentinean job because he “needed the work and the money”, inferring doubts over his ability as a coach.
But Maradona, who has traded verbal blows with Pele in the past in a feud that has goes back some two decades, was unsurprised by the Brazilian’s comments and retorted: "He should go back to the museum."
French legend Michel Platini also called Maradona’s coaching credentials into question this week, prompting another reaction from the 1986 World Cup winner.
"Platini? I’m not surprised, I’ve always had a very distant relationship with him, it’s always just hello and goodbye, nothing more than that,” he said.
"We all know how the French are, and Platini is French, and he believes he is better than the rest."
Maradona, 11/2 with Paddy Power to become only the second man to win the World Cup as both a player and manager, also took a swipe at the adidas Jabulani ball, adding that Pele and Platini should try out the much-maligned ball for themselves.
"I would ask Pele and Platini to play with the ball and take a closer look to see if it’s a good one or bad one, and to stop talking rubbish about me,” he added.