Argentina legend Diego Maradona: Neymar is bad mannered just like Pele

Former World Cup winner has defended Lionel Messi from criticism as he slams Brazilian international, and former legendary forward.

Diego Maradona has said Santos striker and Real Madrid target Neymar is rude just like Pele after his recent comments regarding Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

"Neymar is bad mannered, like Pele," the Al Wasl coach told TVE. "Messi is an exceptional player and I doubt anyone can separate him [from being the best]."

Neymar claimed he could become better than Messi by playing at Santos (Pele's former club), suggesting there is no need to leave Brazil to be the best, despite being linked with Barca's bitter rivals.

And Maradona made the comments on the eve of the 25th anniversary of his hand of God goal against England in the 1986 World Cup.

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