WhoÃ¢ÂÂs the greatest: Pelé, Maradona... or Biro-Biro?
For more than 1000 reasons, we Brazilians donÃ¢ÂÂt take the who-was-the-best quarrel between PelÃÂ© and Maradona that seriously.
Few ideas in this century were dumber than FIFA's 2002 plan of granting the award to a player elected by a website poll. As one would expect, the Argentinian ended with 53% of the votes and the Brazilian with 18%.
(If the Chinese had been granted full internet access at the time, any tiny fan-ridden campaign would have given the trophy to NBA star Yao Ming.)
When the old geniuses in Switzerland finally realised the aberration that was about to happen, they decided to gather the "FIFA familyÃ¢ÂÂ (journalists, coaches, players) to vote and than present the order to the winner Ã¢ÂÂ the internet poll was relegated to being a secondary award.
Not surprising, PelÃÂ© then topped that FIFA list with 72% whilst Maradona was third with 6%, behind fellow Argentinian Di Stefano, with 9%.
But it was too late. The PibeÃ¢ÂÂs fans (or God followers) always refer to the internet poll when entering into a serious debate to decide the best of all-time.
Sorry folks, there's more to it than that.
The choice is yours: Maradona... or Biro-Biro?
ThereÃ¢ÂÂs no question that Maradona is a much more interesting figure than the former Santos star, whose self-bragging and bad-timing opinions can be extremely annoying sometimes.
Remember, it was another SeleÃÂ§ÃÂ£o legend, RomÃÂ¡rio, who once said that PelÃÂ© with his trap shut is a poet. Ã¢ÂÂAs a player, heÃ¢ÂÂs our king, our god, but he has to stuff a shoe in his mouth to stop talking ****.Ã¢ÂÂ
But comparing both on the pitch is out of place. PelÃÂ© is in a league of his own.
And, to prove Brazilians donÃ¢ÂÂt hold grudges with their neighbours of the South, weÃ¢ÂÂre now launching a new definitive poll, sponsored by Coca-Cola, in which the Argentinian does have a shot.
So we ask... WhoÃ¢ÂÂs the best: Maradona or Biro-Biro?
The iconic Corinthians midfielder from the good old 80Ã¢ÂÂs never had a good shot at the National team and probably couldnÃ¢ÂÂt do more than 10 keepy-uppies, but he was a tractor on the pitch Ã¢ÂÂ not to mention being Carlos ValderramaÃ¢ÂÂs fashion idol.
Look out, Maradona. Biro-Biro has a terrific record in elections Ã¢ÂÂ he was elected as an alderman in SÃÂ£o Paulo right after his retirement, in 1989.
Oh, and I forgot to say: thereÃ¢ÂÂs no internet voting. And unfortunately the ballot-boxes are only available in selected bars in Brazilian territory...
Good luck Diego!