Soccer great Pele says one of his competitors "drug-cheat" Maradona should be stripped of his medals. Pele gets down on the Argentinian's right foot and his drug-use. (Goal.Com)
"Maradona was an excellent player,” ‘The King’ told Brazilian newspaper ‘O Estado de Sao Paulo. However he could not dribble with his right foot, he couldn’t head the ball. He was not a complete player."
Then the Brazilian commented on drug use:
Pele once again hit out at Maradona’s drug abuse, and controversially stated that he should have all the medals he won stripped away from him.
"Why did so many Olympic athletes lose their medals when they were found guilty of doping, but not Maradona?” Pele controversially asked.
Maradona had a well-known addiction to cocaine, however he never took performance-enhancing drugs.
Not quite correct. In 1994, FIFA suspended Maradona for ephedrine in his urine. There are also stories of steroid and analgesic use:
Drugs and Maradona are more linked than is at first apparent. He was weaned on them even before he knew it. Scurrilous men in his past, so-called doctors, mixed steroids with his food to build a frail physique into something bull-like.
In his teens, he was administered more drugs. These, the appalling painkillers that sporting authorities incongruously allow, racked and distorted the ankle, the knee, the suffering back of a superstar whose multimillion-dollar transfer fees and million-dollar salary were the excuses to patch him up, to push him through nature's warning, to play him on half a leg.
That was the sport's administrators extracting their pound of flesh, the doctors obeying them rather than medical propriety, the body at the center of it all building up a legacy of arthritic pain.
Sounds like the hand of god, had a hand of pills too.