Pele: Great Players Not Necessarily Good Coaches

As was expected, Brazilian football legend Pele also provided his opinion on Diego Maradona's appointment as the new coach of Argentina. O Rei wished El Diez the best of luck, however, he affirmed that a great player often doesn't become a good coach...

The greatest Brazilian footballer of all time, Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, Pele, affirmed on Wednesday that "a superstar doesn't become a good coach."

He wished Maradona the best of luck in his new role as the coach of Argentina, and he hopes the football legend can overcome the problems he has experienced in the past.

"I hope everything goes well and for him, with this new opportunity, to be able to overcome everything from the past," Pele stated, in declarations to Globoesporte.

"Usually, people say a superstar doesn't become a good coach. Lots of the time a not so good player, and for example Vanderlei Luxemburgo (current Palmeiras coach), are those who become great coaches. We will now see how it is for Maradona," said the 68-year-old.

Pele also referred to Maradona's new national team assistant, Carlos Bilardo, who guided Argentina to the 1986 World Cup with Maradona being a key member of his squad.

"Maradona will have to learn a lot from Bilardo, who is a great coach with lots of experience. He can learn a lot, if he wants, with someone like him by his side," explained O Rei.

The local press asked the three-time World Cup winner, to differentiate between Maradona and Carlos Dunga, the current coach of the Brazilian national team.

"When both played, I liked Dunga's fighting spirit more. As coaches, you can't talk yet because Maradona was appointed only yesterday and he has yet to coach his team," he concluded.

Gregory Sica