Diego Maradona has verbally attacked Dani Alves for disregarding his historical “Hand of God.”
The 56-year-old former player and coach of Argentina national team called the Juventus full-back an “idiot” for daring to disrespect him.
Image: Diego Maradona
Maradona, arguably the best player to ever grace the football world, contributed so much to Argentina’s 1986 World Cup glory.
His tricky jump, and a goal against Peter Shilton, guaranteed La Albiceleste a 2-1 victory to the highly coveted trophy, making the famous No. 10 a legend in football history. His exploits continued throughout an amazing career with Napoli, Boca Juniors, Sevilla and Barcelona.
He was joint FIFA Player of the 20th Century with Pele of Brazil.
Maradona went ahead to score one of the best World Cup goals after dribbling a total of five players before scoring, yet Alves says the Argentine can’t be seen as a role model.
Speaking with Brazilian channel Canais Esporte Interativo, the 34-year-old Brazilian said Lionel Messi has a higher reputation in football that his compatriot — a comment which hasn’t gone down well with “The Golden Boy.”
“You want to compare Messi to Maradona? You can’t compare them,” Alves said.
“I would not be proud to say that I won a World Cup with a ‘Hand of God.'”
He continued: “I wouldn’t be able to tell my son that I won a World Cup like this with the whole world talking about it.
“The ‘Hand of God’ tricked us, you have to take this firm position. A sportsman like this can’t be an example for youngsters.”
Diego Maradona also took a jab at Alves, criticizing his overall performance as a defender.
“That boy [Dani Alves] is an idiot,” the Argentine hero exclaimed in a chat with TyC Sports.
“He makes 28 passes and only gets four right. As a right-back [in a 4-man line], Cafu and Maicon were better than him. Dani Alves? Poor thing.
“He speaks because he plays in a position on the pitch where football is not played. They [right-backs] touch the ball three times and make eight fouls per game.”