Sourav Ganguly has always been a die-hard Diego Maradona fan. But has his adoration for the Argentine changed after meeting Pele, who is in Kolkata? "Both Pele and Maradona are champions, like Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara — two champions of the highest order.

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"Both are great, both entertained people, brought joy and smiles to supporters of their countries," Ganguly said, putting things in perspective.

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"Yesterday, I spent almost the whole day with him (Pele) and that was some experience!"

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Ganguly recalled Maradona's show in the 1986 World Cup. "What he did in 1986 was incomparable, unparalleled. I have not seen Pele playing the game, but I have seen Maradona live during the 1986 Mexico World Cup and he was beyond description," Ganguly said.