|Argentina legend Maradona (left) and Brazil icon Pele join hands as they take part in the Match of Friendship|
On the eve of the European Championship two of the greatest players in the history of the game came together to to take part in a one-off five-a-side match in Paris. So often at loggerheads, Brazil legend Pele and Argentina icon Maradona put their differences to one side for Hublot's Match of Friendship at the Palais Royale in Paris to mark Euro 2016.
The 75-year-old Brazil great and 55-year-old Argentine legend even embraced during the five-a-side exhibition game in a sign that they have drawn a line under their long-running feud.
Mi papá me manda este vídeo y yo no puedo dejar de compartirlo!!!!! #EsUnNene #CAÑO #😂 #LoAmo pic.twitter.com/YPuPcbaLuR— Gianinna Maradona (@gianmaradona) June 9, 2016
|Rio Ferdinand (centre) poses with Maradona (left and Pele after Thursday's game|
Pele and Maradona played to roles of coach as two teams of former stars went head to head in the palace garden the day before France play Romania at the Stade de France in the opening game of the Euros.
Former England captain Rio Ferdinand, ex-Holland midfielder Clarence Seedorf, former Spain and Real Madrid defender Fernando Hierro and Italy's World Cup-winning defender Fabio Cannavaro were among the names to take part.
'I want to thank Pele, we know who he is and who he will always be. We need icons like him,' said Maradona, who starred in Argentina's 1986 World Cup triumph.
Pele, a three-time world champion, also struck a conciliatory tone in response. 'The most important is the message of peace. Many thanks to my friend Maradona for this opportunity and a big round of applause to the players who have been here today,' said Pele.
'This is a moment of peace.' It was a far cry from the acrimony between them when FIFA was trying to decide the player of the 20th Century in 2000.
The match featured the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Fernando Hierro, Clarence Seedorf and David Trezeguet
|Maradona (left) described Brazilian great Pele as as 'icon of the game' and thanked him|
The match was organised as part of the luxury Swiss watch manufacture's Hublot Loves Football series
|Former France striker David Trezeguet limbers up ahead of the match and goes on to score a hat-trick|
Maradona was all smiles with his players ahead of kick-off in Paris on Thursday
- Daily Mail