Former PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona striker Romario has labelled 73-year-old Brazil legend Pele an “imbecile” in the latest episode of verbal vituperation between the pair.
Romario, 48, and Pele – a three-time World Cup winner are both former Selecao strikers, and they have been embroiled in their bitter feud since he branded Pele “a poet when he doesn’t speak” back in 2007.
Since then, the phrase has long been held against Romario, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1994.
However, Pele alluded to the quote to hit back in an interview on Friday, saying:
“There are lots of people who don’t really know what they want and simply attack the past.
“But I’m a Catholic and I believe that God always forgiven the ignorant, so I forgive the ignorant.”
Romario couldn’t resist hold the venom of Pele’s stinger, he replied on his official Facebook page.
“Yesterday, Pele responded to my famous quote, “Quiet, Pele is a poet”. It is a commonly used phrase, after all, he’s always giving reason for it to be used,” Romario wrote.
“Aside from a poet, he’s also an imbecile.
“The last foolish thing he said was that Corinthians should be used as the base to the Selecao. He asked for it, didn’t he?
“A few pieces of information about this gentleman…First of all, the base of the team he suggested to the Selecao got the biggest boo of their history. And
deservedly so, because they were awful.
“Secondly, he said he’s a big Catholic. I don’t think he’s such a Catholic. If he was, he would’ve recognised his daughter and gone to her funeral.”