Soccer icons Pele, Maradona reunited ahead of Euro 2016

PARIS (AP) – Football legends Diego Maradona and Pele set aside their differences and made peace Thursday ahead of the European Championships.

Both South American rivals embraced at the Palais Royal in Paris in an event dubbed as the "The Friendship Game," a promotional event with a five-on-five match with others retired football stars, including Rio Ferdinand, Clarence Seedorf and Bebeto.

"It is really nice to see him like this, healthy, and being able to join us," said Maradona of the 75-year-old Pele, who underwent a hip surgery in January. "I'm happy that he's fine. We should hang together always. And enough of the fighting, enough of the barbs between us."


"I want to thank Pele, we know who he is and who he will always be. We need icons like him," added the 55-year-old Maradona, who in the past delivered controversial verbal attacks on the Brazilian. The three-time world champion nodded in agreement: "This is moment of peace. What we're doing is something for peace and unity. I want to thank my friend Maradona for this opportunity."

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