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Maradona criticises Pele, Platini

17/06/2010 04:59:25 AM Comments (0)

Diego Maradona made stinging comments about fellow football greats Pele and Michel Platini on Wednesday after the pair criticised Maradona's performance as Argentina coach.

Asked about the criticism from two others considered among the greatest players of all time, Maradona said he was not surprised by their comments.

"Pele has to go back to the museum," Maradona said.

"Regarding Platini, I always had a very distant relationship with him - hello and goodbye. We know how the French are and Platini is French and he thinks of himself as being more than the rest of the world. I've never paid him any attention and I won't do it now."

Earlier, Maradona had criticised Pele for doubting Africa's ability to organise a World Cup.

Asked about Brazil, Maradona said that Argentina's fierce South American rival had not been tested by North Korea in the 2-1 win on Tuesday.

"Brazil played a relaxed game, too relaxed," Maradona said. "Korea never challenged them. For (goalkeeper) Julio Cesar, it would have been the same to shower or not after the game.

"Brazil is Brazil ... and Dunga has done a good job. When more will be demanded of them, they will play better for sure."

Maradona said that the general lack of scoring so far at the World Cup could be blamed partly on the teams' initial cautiousness.

"The World Cup is something incredible and I'm not worried about the lack of goals. The goals will come and there are players here to make that happen," Maradona said. "Of course, in the first matches one is more careful than maybe one should be. The teams are studying their opponents, which is why there are fewer goals."

Maradona also assigned some of the blame to the much-maligned 2010 World Cup ball, saying the Jabulani was having "a large influence" on the low scores. He also asked the sport's authorities to pay more attention to the quality of the ball.

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