Pele and Diego Maradona are, alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, regarded as two of the finest players ever to walk the planet.
Unlike Messi and Ronaldo the two could never forge a ‘rivalry’ as such because their careers didn’t cross paths.
But that hasn’t stopped Pele getting rather tetchy and defensive of Maradona when it comes to comparisons with modern day players.
The Brazil great, evidently, isn’t impressed by Paulo Dybala for starters – a man naturally compared to Maradona as a left-footed Argentina attacker.
Because Pele feels that’s where the similarity ends.
He told Tuttosport: “Dybala? He’s not as good as people say.
“They say he might be the heir to Maradona, but the only thing they have in common is that they kick with their left foot.”
Dybala was instrumental for Juventus as the Old Lady reached a second Champions League final in three seasons, only to lose to Real Madrid convincingly in Cardiff last weekend.
The Argentine forward scored twice in the quarter-final win over Barcelona but only managed 11 goals all season – a relatively poor return for someone billed so highly – and he was fairly anonymous in the defeat to Real.
Dybala did, however, provide seven assists and created 58 chances, so his ability clearly doesn’t stop at scoring goals.
Perhaps we should leave the Maradona comparisons to this man anyway.