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Maradona calls himself the Bono of football

Brooks Peck
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Maradona takes a picture of Bono. (Getty)

Football's version of "Grumpy Old Men" starring Pele and Maradona has yet another episode, this time with Maradona taking issue with Pele's musical analogies.

From Soccernet:

Maradona and Pele have a long history of bickering over who is the greatest footballer of all time, and the Brazilian recently told FIFA.com: "I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint."

At a press conference, Al-Wasl coach Maradona responded: "If Pele thinks he's the Beethoven of football then I'm Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and the Bono of football, because I have so much passion.

OK, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards -- both Rolling Stones, both synonymous with immortal geriatric passion. Of all the rock and rollers to choose from, I'm not quite sure how Bono is the next name on the list there. That seems a bit random. But this is Maradona, after all. His mind moves in mysterious ways.

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