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Diego Maradona is siding with Luis Suárez? Of course Diego Maradona is siding with Luis Suárez

Jun 26, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 21: Diego Maradona looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Argentina and Iran at Estadio Mineirao on June 21, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Getty Images

If there was one soccer legend likely to come to Luis Suárez’s defense, it was Diego Maradona. Beyond the Argentine icon’s own controversial image, beyond his healthy respect for anyone who defies authority, the star of Mexico 1986 is no stranger to his won World Cup controversies. Part of his own hand ball incident in those 1986 finals, Maradona was sent home from USA 1994 after failing a drug test. On a number of levels, the FIFA’s joint-player of the 20th century can empathize with Uruguay’s troubled star.

That empathy may be why Maradona has come out in support of the suspended star. Today, on his television show De Zurda, Maradona unveiled a t-shirt reading, in Spanish, “Luis, we are with you:”

Why would he do this? If you know the golden rule of Maradona, it makes perfect sense. If you’re even in doubt as to how the legend would react to anything, just ask yourself what Pelé would do, and Maradone will do the opposite. If the Brazilian legend is soccer history’s omnipresent, well-crafted yin, Don Diego is the bellicose, impetuous yang.

Say Pelé likes vanilla. Maradona will love chocolate. If Pele listened to Oasis, Maradona preferred Blur. The Santos star may have drank Coke, but Napoli’s all-time leading scorer snorted it. There’s no shared ground between the two.

How would Pele react to Suárez’s bites? Probably with the sanctimony of a self-appointed steward. He’d write a book to throw at him.

Maradona? He made a t-shirt professing his support. And would we really want it any other way?

  1. egb234 - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Never understood the love affair with Maradona. His greatest achievement was a cheat and his legacy is a cocktail personal problems. Oh well.

  2. footballer4ever - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Why would he do this? Simply, he’s a attention craving-whore who it strikes his ego just by the sound of hearing his name be involved into anything.

    There’s a saying in spanish that says “Dios los crea y ellos se ajuntan”= “God creates them and they hook up”.

    Of course, it takes a cheat to support another cheat. Maradona being a genius footballer, but at the same time a cheat in many ways. Another thing, he hates FIFA as the football organization who kicked him out WC 94 and therefore, he’ll stick his nose, no pun intended, into anything that has the smell of controversy included.

  3. davidc23715 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Maradona is street trash. I’m ashamed of myself for reading this story. Never again.

  4. ravenswhat - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    Maradona > Pele

    • finsfan71 - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      Only to those that never saw Pele play a lick.

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