Pelé and Maradona price themselves out of Copa opening

A report in Chile’s La Tercera says Maradona demanded a fee of US$1.5 million in order to open the Copa America tonight in Venezuela. When they heard his demands organisers instead tried to tempt Pelé to do the honours. But he asked for almost US$1 million and plans had to be abandoned to have one of the continent’s greats as tonight’s MC.

Organisers are spending US$690,000 on the opening ceremony which will be broadcast to an estimated 1.5 billion television viewers.

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