The age-old argument regarding who the greatest strikers of all time is will never end. Pele & Maradona are undoubtedly two of the best football players of all time, a fact that is accepted by even the most contentious sports fans.
Both Pele and Maradona were born in October; Pele on the 23rd and Maradona on the 30th. Both players were instrumental in their teams' World Cup successes and remain the standard by which future South American superstars are measured. There are uncountable numbers of young athletes who have looked up to these icons.
"According to me, Pelé continues to be pretty close in football if compared to Maradona," remarked the Argentine. What did Pele think of his competitor, by the way? "(Maradona) couldn't kick properly with his right ankle and he didn't score headed goals, thus he can't be regarded as the finest ever player. Maradona's lone noteworthy headed goal was one he scored with his hand. Pele was a two-footed player who was also a technical player, as seen by his perfect goal-scoring record. His detractors, though, point out that he played in a slower period and that he was surrounded by superior players.
Fans of the Argentine legend say his performance in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico is proof that Maradona is the best of all time because of the way he directed play from the middle and brought his teammates into it. However, his successes will always be overshadowed by the 'Hand of God' goal he scored against England on the way to that victory and the drug controversy that plagued the rest of his career. It may be true that you can't fairly compare players from different decades, but the animosity between these two soccer legends is too tremendous to ignore.
While he had previously stated he wouldn't ever play in another World Cup, the Brazilian came back with a fury in Mexico in 1970. He scored a tonne of goals, as usual, but at age 29, Pele demonstrated his development by setting up goals for others as well, most notably Carlos Alberto in the championship game against Italy. That goal is generally regarded as the finest team goal ever scored at the World Cup.