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Maradona labels Dani Alves an ‘idiot’ as Argentina legend escalates feud

Date Posted,June 20, 2017

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has hit back in his row with Dani Alves , branding the Brazilian full-back “an idiot”.

The Juventus defender said the 56-year-old was a bad role model following his infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England at the 1986 World Cup.

He then doubled-down on his criticism of the former Boca Juniors and Napoli star, insisting that he was not as good as Lionel Messi.

It’s hardly any surprise that Maradona has chosen to respond and he did it in his usual fiery style.

“Dani Alves is an idiot,” he told TyC Sports . “He makes 28 passes and only gets four right. As a ‘4’ [right-back], Cafu and Maicon were good. Dani Alves? Poor thing.

The infamous Hand of God goal (Photo: Bongarts/Getty)

“He speaks because he plays in a position on the pitch where football is not played.

“They [right-backs] touch the ball three times and make eight fouls per game.”

The ‘Hand of God’ goal has gone down in infamy, after the Argentina skipper punched the ball past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton six minutes into the second half of their quarter-final.

Diego Maradona of Argentina takes on Sansom and Terry Butcher of England during the World Cup quarter-final at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City
Maradona’s second goal that day has also gone down in history (Photo: Getty Images)

Just four minutes later fans were treated to the other side of Maradona, as he slalomed past the entire Three Lions defence and slotted home to score one of the greatest goals of all time.

Not that it impressed Alves too much though, in the comments that got Maradona’s gears grinding.

“I would not be proud to say that I won a World Cup with a Hand of God.

Alves made the comments on Brazilian TV (Photo: REUTERS/ John Sibley Livepic)

“I wouldn’t be able to tell my son that I won a World Cup like this with the whole world talking about the Hand of God,” he told Brazilian TV channel Canais Esporte Interativo.

“The hand of god tricked us, you have to take this firm position. A sportsman like this can’t be an example for youngsters.”

Dani Alves didn’t really think Maradona would take this on the chin, did he? (Photo: Getty)

“You want to compare Messi to Maradona? You can’t compare them,” Alves continued.

“How many Ballon d’Ors does Maradona have?”

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