“It’s a shame, incredibly sad, he was a gifted footballer,” said the 75-year-old on “Sport1”: “I’ve never seen anything like it. He was a genius at the time – in the 70s and 80s the best footballer in the world! ”
Opponents in two World Cup finals
Beckenbauer had played two World Cup finals with the German national team against Maradona and Argentina’s selection. In 1986 the South Americans prevailed 3-2 in Mexico, four years later the DFB-Elf defeated the Argentines 1-0 in Italy.
“You couldn’t hold it at all. I said: This is not a footballer, this is an artist! A dancer!” Said Beckenbauer of Maradona, who died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 60.
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