It is almost certain that Maradona will not be taking part in a gay pride parade anytime soon and Pele will not be in the forefront asking for a repeal of Rockefeller era drug laws.
The latest edition of Celebrity deathmatch features Maradona vs Pele as each outdo the other for the title of the most consequential sportsperson of the world. Pele's aspirations included running for president of Brazil when Maradona's was keeping his mind from getting addled through booze and drugs in sun drenched Napoli. An effort he had as much success at as Titus Bramble from scoring an own goal. Maradona's road to recovery is a well documented hell with near death situations and many hospitalizations. It is a story with many endings. Unfortunately, it has also left Maradona vulnerable to moral adjudication, the type Pele just engaged in.
Comparisons are odious. It was a cheap shot on Pele's part bringing up Maradona's drug history and then name Beckenbauer, Kaka, and Platini as ideal role models. Pele might have been projecting as his son Edinho faces charges of drug trafficking and addiction.
It must stick Pele in his craw that he remains largely (pun unintended) in the news peddling erectile dysfunction drugs. His rival revels in the attention and adulation of millions who look to him to carry Argentina to a place they have not been in for more than two decades. Maradona responded with an old debunked bath house slur.
Pele needs to take a chill pill.