Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Alves Target of Maradona Rant after War of Words

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Alves Target of Maradona Rant after War of Words

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CITY are inching towards a deal for Juventus defender Dani Alves - but not everybody is a fan.

The 34-year-old has upset Argentina legend Diego Maradona with his comments about his infamous 'Hand of God' goal.

Alves, who has reportedly agreed a two-year deal with the Blues, told Brazilian TV channel Canais Esporte Interativo: "You want to compare Messi to Maradona? You can't compare them.

"I would not be proud to say that I won a World Cup with a 'Hand of God.' I wouldn't be able to tell my son that I won a World Cup like this with the whole world talking about it.

"The 'Hand of God' tricked us, you have to take this firm position.

"A sportsman like this can't be an example for youngsters."

Maradona helped Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, as he punched the ball past Peter Shilton to earn his side a 2-1 quarter-final victory over England. …

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