Following another one of his bizarre outbursts, we bring you the top most controversial quote of the Argentine superstar…
From snide remarks on Pele and Michel Platini to vicious jibes at Neymar and Lionel Messi, Diego Armando Maradona is one of the most controversial figures of football.
As he once quoted, “I’m black or white, I’ll never be grey in my life”, Maradona never minces his words and never dares to think what he’s going to say.
Here are some classic controversial Maradona quotes:
1. On Brazilian legend Pele
The rivalry between Pele and Maradona goes beyond any other rivalry in the game, the poisonous feud between these legendary players is as great as their footballing abilities.
The Argentine took a dig at the legendary Brazilian when he was asked by FIFA to share his Player of the Century award with him by saying: “The people voted for me. Now they want me to share the prize with Pele. I’m not going to share the prize with anybody.”
In another controversial sneering remark at Pele when the latter defended the use of much debated Jabulani football in 2010 FIFA World Cup Maradona said, “Pele should return to the museum.”
While Pele’s claim of Neymar being better than Messi also wasn’t taken very well by his Argentine counterpart who went ahead and said:
“He took the wrong pill. Instead of taking the pill for before bedtime, he took his morning pill. He got confused. I suggest that next time he takes the right medication and that he changes his doctor.”
2. El Pibe de Oro while talking about ‘Hand of God’, which unarguably is his most controversial moment in football.
“I was waiting for my teammates to embrace me and no one came, … I told them, ‘Come hug me or the referee isn’t going to allow it.'”
3. During his rough time as head coach of the Argentinian National team.
“To those who did not believe: now suck my d**k – I’m sorry ladies for my words – and keep on sucking it. I am either white or black. I will never be grey in my life. You treated me as you did. Now keep on sucking d**ks. I am grateful to my players and to the Argentinian people. I thank no one but them. The rest, keep on sucking d**ks.”
4. The Argentine also doesn’t hold back in showing his political affinity.
He once said, “I believe in [Venezuelen President Hugo] Chávez, I am Chavista. Everything Fidel [Castro] does, everything Chávez does, for me is the best.”
He also promised then Cuban President, Fidel Castro, that he’ll lead an anti-Bush campaign during President Bush’s visit to Argentina. He went on and said,”I think Bush is a murderer. I’m going to head the march against him stepping foot on the Argentine soil.”
5. While talking about his life as a father, Dieguito didn’t even spare his kids. He said:
“My legitimate kids are Dalma and Giannina. The rest are a product of my money and mistakes.”
6. On Messi and Ronaldo.
“These two are superior to the rest. Messi isn’t better than Cristiano Ronaldo and vice versa. Cristiano is an animal, I wish he were Argentine.”
Striking support from an unexpected corner, isn’t it, Ronaldo?
While the Argentine legend praised the Portuguese for his leadership skill which led Portugal to European glory, he questioned Messi’s personality.
“He’s a really good person, but he has no personality,” Maradona said.
“He lacks [the] character to be a leader.”
7. On newly appointed Argentinian national team manager, Jorge Sampaoli.
“He doesn’t know any more than Edgardo Bauza. If he hadn’t beaten us in the 2015 Copa America
final while coaching Chile, then not even his family would know who he was.”
8. On choosing between Aguero and Icardi for national team
“To take out Aguero from the national team and to bring Icardi was madness. Aguero gives you more speed; he is more electric. That is why it hurts me that to give me a football slap, they call Icardi.”
The support for Aguero had come just after the Manchester City striker had divorced Maradona’s daughter. Good that he kept private and football lives separate.
9. On French players and Michel Platini
“We all know how the French are, and Platini is French, and he believes he is better than rest.”
10. On Dani Alves.
Maradona called out the full-back an “idiot” after the Brazilian’s recent remarks on the comparison of Lionel Messi to Maradona. Maradona continued, “Cafu and Maicon were real full-backs, he makes 28 crosses per game and only connects with four, poor thing. He speaks because he plays in a position on the pitch where football is not played. They touch the ball three times and make eight fouls per game. If we’re going to keep talking about this idiot it’s better that I go.”
Dani Alves had recently said, “I would not be proud to say that I won a World Cup with a ‘Hand of God.’ I wouldn’t be able to tell my son that I won a World Cup like this with the whole world talking about it.”