Retired Brazilian soccer star Pele mourned the death of Argentine great Diego Maradona on Wednesday, following confirmation he had died of a heart attack earlier in the day.
"Certainly, one day we'll kick a ball together in the sky above," he said in a brief statement provided to news agency Reuters by a representative.
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"What sad news. I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to family members. One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky," Pele tweeted.
Maradona, who was 60, was known as one of the greatest footballers of all time along with Pele.
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Pele and Maradona had tremendous mutual respect and admiration for each other's skills.
Despite a 20-year age difference, the two were good friends for decades and are widely regarded the most gifted to have played the beautiful game.
(With agency inputs)