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Pelé at 17: World champion and toast of the 1958 World Cup in Sweden
Maradona at 17: Substituted in the World Cup in Argentina in 1978

Pelé at 21: Had already scored over 500 goals, and soon after was crowned double World Club champion
Maradona at 21: Plays in the World Cup in Spain without any great distinction and is sent off against Brasil for a violent foul on Batista

Pelé at 26: Was so feared in the 1966 World Cup that he was violently attacked on the pitch by both Bulgarian and Portuguese teams.
Maradona at 26: World champion in part due to scoring a goal with his hand.

Pelé at 30: World champion for the third time and scored 6 goals in the World Cup; scored his 1000th goal
Maradona at 30: World cup runner-up, banned from Italian football for failing a drug test, fined tens of thousands of dollars by his club for missing practices and games

Pelé at 34: Was paid $6 million to play for New York Cosmos and led them the national championship
Maradona at 34: Captained Argentina in the 1994 World Cup until he was kicked out for failing a drug test

Pelé statistics:
3 World championships - (1958, 1962 and 1970)
2 World Club championships- Santos (1962 and 1963)
2 Copas Libertadores da América - Santos (1962 and 1963)
10 São Paulo state championships - Santos (1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1973)
5 Taça Brasil - Santos (1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 e 1965)
4 Rio-São Paulo tournaments - Santos (1959, 1963, 1964 e 1966)
1 NASL championship - Cosmos
1281 goals in 1363 matches
With the Brasilian national team : 92 matches – 97 goals

Maradona statistics:
Argentine league champion- Boca Juniors (1981)
Barcelona (Copa del Rey, 1983)
World Cup (Mexico, 1986)
Napoli (Scudetto, 1987 and 1990)
Italian Cup (1987)
UEFA Cup (1989)
Italian Supercup (1991)
Artemio Franchi Cup (1993)
692 matches - 352 goals
90 matches for the Argentina national team - 33 goals

Both played for 21 years

Pelé off the pitch:
Received by 3 popes at the Vatican, and four U.S. presidents in the White House.
Elected the athlete of the 20th Century by the International Olympic Committee.
Made a Knight Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II
Mad UN ambassador for ecology and the environment
Received tributes in over 30 countries.
Brasilian Minister of Sport between 1995 and 1998.

Maradona off the pitch:
Repeated trips to rehab, trouble with the law and battle with weight that led to gastric bypass surgery

In conclusion, there is just no comparison! Pelé is superior in every possible way!

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