No peace in football: When Diego Maradona almost spoiled Pope Francis' game — WATCH
It was supposed to be a charity match for peace, sanctioned by none other than Pope Francis. But the match, dubbed "United for Peace", witnessed legendary Diego Maradona pursuing Sebastian Veron with not so good intention.
New Delhi: It was supposed to be a charity match for peace, sanctioned by none other than Pope Francis. But the match, dubbed "United for Peace", witnessed legendary Diego Maradona pursuing Sebastian Veron with not so good intention.
Maradona, 55, took a nasty tumble after the two Argentines bumped into each other. Not happy with the treatment from the former Manchester United player, Maradona pursued Veron as the teams walked off the pitch at half-time.
Brazil legend Cafu was forced to hold back Maradona with the Argentine world cup winner showing no signs of letting off.
A charity game for 'Peace' organised by the Pope no less, didn't stop Maradona & Veron from having a tussle after full-time pic.twitter.com/eBbER6GG50
— M.A.J (@UItraSuristic) October 13, 2016
Interestingly, Maradona had coached Veron between 2008-10 while he was in charge of the Argentine national team.
The 1986 World Cup winning captain was one of the many football legends who turned up for the charity match in Rome's Olympic Stadium.
— El Puntano (@ElPuntanoCom) October 13, 2016
But the tussle between the two Argentine was the lowlight, or this case, the highlight of the match.
Maradona's Rest of the World XI lost the match 4-3 to La Liga XI, with Fernando Cavenaghi scoring the winning goal.
— ItalianFootballTV (@IFTV_Official) October 13, 2016
Ronaldinho, Francesco Totti, Edgar Davids, Hernan Crespo and Bojan Krkic were some of the other stars who took part in the match.
The Pope is a fellow countryman of Maradona and Veron. He supports Argentine club San Lorenzo.