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Maradona criticizes Pele, Platini

Diego Maradona made stinging comments about fellow soccer greats Pele and Michel Platini after the pair criticized Maradona's performance as Argentina coach. Maradona said he was not surprised by their comments and that "Pele has to go back to the museum."

As for 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."

Maradona had earlier criticized Pele, who led Brazil to three World Cup titles, for doubting Africa's ability to organize a World Cup.

- AP

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