The fierce competition between Pele and Maradona’s countries is reflected in the fact that both are often regarded as the best players in the history of the game.
They used to dominate the industry and are now considered to be incredible legends. Each individual has an impressive history, including participation in the illustrious World Cup.
In 1986, Maradona led Argentina to triumph at the World Cup, and during the tournament’s quarterfinal match against England, he scored the all-time record-setting goal.
Maradona has taken part in a total of four World Cup tournaments, winning titles in 1978 and 1986, respectively. After scoring the infamous “Hand of God” goal against England in 1986, he then went on to score what many people believe to be the finest goal that has ever been scored.
Pele set a record by competing in and winning a total of three World Cups (1958, 1962, and 1970). This feat has not been accomplished since. In 1958, when he was only 17 years old, he won his first world title in Sweden. He did so by scoring six goals, including two in the championship game.
Why Pele is better than Maradona
One school of thought contends that Pele, the Brazilian player, was the best ever, and therefore Maradona should not be held up as a positive example. The fact that Diego used illegal substances and “cheated” by scoring a “hand of God” goal against England in 1986 does not assist his case at all.
The Argentine’s ability to be a great player is unaffected by the fact that he is a bad person off the field and breaks the rules when he is playing.