The battles between the two legends have become legendary, but O Rei asserts that behind the headlines he enjoys a great relationship with the Argentine
The pair have sparred verbally countless times in recent years, leading to several memorable quotes. Maradona has on many occasions suspected that Pele 'forgot to take his pills', while also repeating the rumour that the former Santos and Selecao icon 'debuted with another man'.
The Brazilian, meanwhile, has cast aspersions on his former friend's lifestyle while repeating that Neymar is better than Diego's favourite Lionel Messi.
Speaking on Friday, however, the veteran football ambassador revealed that everything said between the two was meant in jest.
"Dieguito loves me," O Rei laughed in declarations published by Clarin.
"We play around a lot with each other, it is all a game. The relationship is great."
Pele lifted the World Cup three times as a player in 1958, 1962 and 1970, and across a glittering career scored a reported 1281 goals in 1363 games.