PARIS — Football legends Pelé and Diego Maradona buried the hatchet on their decades-long rivalry on Thursday by joining forces for a friendly soccer match hosted by Hublot.
The Swiss watchmaker enlisted the sporting heroes, who are both friends of the brand, to coach the teams for a five-a-side game held on an AstroTurf pitch set up in a courtyard of the 17th-century Palais Royal in central Paris.
The multiple World Cup winners walked out hand in hand, with Pelé using a cane as he is recovering from hip surgery.
“It’s great to see him so healthy,” said Maradona.
“We are happy and pleased that he is well and that he feels comfortable with us, and may we be together forever — enough with the fighting and enough with the warring,” added the Argentine player, who appeared to have adopted the royal plural.
The match — though it lasted only 30 minutes — was a closely fought affair, with players including Marco Materazzi, Rio Ferdinand, Fernando Hierro, David Trezeguet and Bebeto giving it their best.
Though slow on his feet, Maradona — wearing his number 10 shirt — joined his team for the second half, scoring a penalty and intentionally capping the game with an own goal
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