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Maradona: 'Pele's award not worth s**t'

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You'd be forgiven for thinking that Diego Maradona would be content to settle for half of the world's opinion that he is the greatest ever. You would also be wrong.

According to Goal, the Argentinian legend has vocally criticised his arch-rival, none other than the other contender for the best ever, Pele.

Opinions are generally split when it comes to which of the two is better, but Maradona, known for occasional controversial outbursts, has rubbished his opponents achievements, branding them utterly worthless.

The 52-year-old sensationally claimed that his award for being the Player of the Century, given to him in 2000 after he collected more votes than Pele in an internet-based poll, was a true indication of the best player in history, and said that Pele's award was 's**t'.

Pele topped the list for Fifa's 'Football Family', but Maradona doesn't believe it was a sufficient enough award to put Pele ahead of him. 

"In 2000 I won the Player of the Century award thanks to the people. Pele was second," he said.

"He also came second behind [Aryton] Senna as Brazil's greatest sportsman.

"The award that Fifa gave Pele isn't worth sh*t."

The former Argentina star also took the time to criticise Fifa president Sepp Blatter, but it's the verbal tirade against Brazilian icon Pele that is likely to cause the most backlash.

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