Soccer icon Pele has paid a moving tribute to his “great friend” Diego Maradona after the Argentine died at the age of 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest on Wednesday.

Both men are considered two of the greatest soccer players in history and come from similarly humble backgrounds.

“I have lost a great friend and the world lost a legend,” wrote Pele, who turned 80 last month, on Twitter.

“There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to his family members. One day, I hope, we will play football together in heaven.”

While Maradona — at the age of 25 — was key to Argentina’s World Cup triumph in 1986, Pele burst onto the scene as a teenager, helping lead his native Brazil to tournament success in the 1958 event.

Pele went on to star on two other World Cup title teams as well, in 1962 and 1970, in addition to a breakthrough career with the Brazilian club Santos and later with the New York Cosmos of the now-defunct North American Soccer League.

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