Pele knows a thing or two about good soccer players. He also knows a thing or two about the rivalry between Brazil and Argentina.
The Brazilian legend has stoked the fire between the two countries by branding Argentinian youngster Paulo Dybala as “overrated” after Brazil lost 1-0 to Argentina in a friendly in Australia.
“Paulo Dybala? He’s not as good as people say,” Pele told Italian publication Tuttosport. “They say he might be the heir to Maradona, but the only thing they have in common is that they kick with their left foot.”
Dybala has been highly touted since his days at Palermo, and Juventus pounced in July of 2015. Since, the Argentinian has impressed mightily, announcing himself to the world with a pair of goals in a 3-0 win over Barcelona in Juventus’s march this season towards the Champions League final.
The 23-year-old was held scoreless in the friendly in Melbourne, but defender Gabriel Mercado gave Argentina the victory with a goal just seconds out of the halftime break.