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Maradona and Pele put rivalry aside for World Cup draw

Danny Gallagher For Mailonline

Football legends collided at the Russia World Cup group stage draw on Friday, as the fixtures were set out ahead of next year’s tournament.

A endless list of names were present – greats of the beautiful game both past and present turning out for the spectacle.

The biggest among them however, the two men who go down as the finest to have ever kicked a football.

Football legends Diego Maradona and Pele shared a special moment at the World Cup draw

Football legends Diego Maradona and Pele shared a special moment at the World Cup draw

The two icons of the game posed for pictures with Russian president Vladimir Putin

The two icons of the game posed for pictures with Russian president Vladimir Putin

The two icons of the game posed for pictures with Russian president Vladimir Putin

Maradona spoke with Putin before assuming his position centre stage for the group draw

Maradona spoke with Putin before assuming his position centre stage for the group draw

Maradona spoke with Putin before assuming his position centre stage for the group draw

Maradona was greeted by former Brazil captain Cafu ahead of the draw taking place

Maradona was greeted by former Brazil captain Cafu ahead of the draw taking place

Maradona was greeted by former Brazil captain Cafu ahead of the draw taking place

Diego Maradona and Pele put their age-old rivalry aside at the Kremlin as they posed together for photographs, along with a host of other stars.

Brazil legend Pele and Argentina’s darling Maradona are the first names thrown into the ring when the item of football’s greatest of all time comes up.

Maradona was seen kissing the head of his legendary counterpart Pele, as the pair posed for photographs with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As the draw took place Maradona – as he was so accustomed to being during his career – was the main man, and plucked the balls from the bowl.

(Left to right) Ronaldinho, Clarence Seedorf, Jay Jay Okocha, Lothar Matthaus and Nwankwo Kanu also formed part of the all-star line up who attended the event

(Left to right) Ronaldinho, Clarence Seedorf, Jay Jay Okocha, Lothar Matthaus and Nwankwo Kanu also formed part of the all-star line up who attended the event

(Left to right) Ronaldinho, Clarence Seedorf, Jay Jay Okocha, Lothar Matthaus and Nwankwo Kanu also formed part of the all-star line up who attended the event

Maradona picked out the teams and in doing so sorted a favourable draw for England

Maradona picked out the teams and in doing so sorted a favourable draw for England

Maradona picked out the teams and in doing so sorted a favourable draw for England

The Argentina legend shared a joke with FIFA council member Alejandro Dominguez

The Argentina legend shared a joke with FIFA council member Alejandro Dominguez

The Argentina legend shared a joke with FIFA council member Alejandro Dominguez

Former Barcelona and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o was also in attendance in Moscow

Former Barcelona and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o was also in attendance in Moscow

Former Barcelona and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o was also in attendance in Moscow

England legend Gordon Banks also got stuck into duties during the group stage draw

England legend Gordon Banks also got stuck into duties during the group stage draw

England legend Gordon Banks also got stuck into duties during the group stage draw

Watching on in attendance was a variety of stars from world football – the likes of former Ballon d’Or winner Fabio Cannavaro, Barcelona legends Ronaldinho and Carles Puyol along with the icon of African football himself Jay Jay Okocha.

Despite England fans having never forgiven Maradona for his infamous ‘hand of god’ goal, by the end of the event they were left feeling gratitude towards the Argentine.

In picking out the groups Maradona presented the Three Lions with one of the more favourable draws.

Gareth Southgate’s side will find themselves battling it out in a group which contains Belgium, Tunisia and newcomers Panama. 

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