MEXICO CITY – Diego Maradona wished his fellow living legend Pele a speedy recovery on Wednesday, posting a picture on Instagram of the two football greats in 1979.
“This picture is 40 years old today. It was taken in Rio de Janeiro, when we met each other in person. How young we were.... I wish you a very speedy recovery, King @Pele,” said the Argentine great, currently the coach of Mexican second-division club Dorados.
The picture shows an 18-year-old Maradona, his face aglow, watching Pele, then 38, play the guitar.
The two players are often cited as rivals for the title of greatest footballer of all time, fuelling the larger and never-ending rivalry between Brazil and Argentina.