Maradona .. “an icon” that goes beyond the world of football


The late Argentine football legend, Diego Armando Maradona, was not only a star in the green rectangle, but he was an influential star in his country and the world, and not only football fans loved our Maradona … but the world of politics as well, as world leaders met him, especially in South America, such as Fidel Castro, Chavez and Pope Francis.

Argentina went into mourning, on Wednesday, after the announcement of Maradona’s death, and the mourning would last for 3 days, as the Argentine presidency announced.

The state of mourning for the late star has spread to South America and the world, with many clubs and leagues announcing a minute’s silence in appreciation of Maradona.

“There will be a flood of sadness all over the world,” Argentine sports writer Marcella Araujo told Sky News, adding that those who love football were inclined to love Maradona.

Araujo spent years watching and traveling with the Argentine football legend.

She considered that he was one of the greatest personalities in the world that was widely respected despite his contradictory personality.

Drugs an introduction to politics

And she continued: “He did everything on the field, and that was unusual, but the other side of his life included drug addiction and the descent into poverty.”

The Argentine soccer legend spent years of his life in the Cuban capital, Havana, to be treated for drug addiction.

Maradona was considered the late Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, his second father, and he tattooed the leader Che Guevara on his arm.

It seemed to be a Western relationship that began in 1987, between a footballer like Maradona and a captain who would present himself as a “revolutionary”.

Castro urged Maradona to practice politics, but the Argentine star left the playground of life without achieving these demands, but he played a major role in supporting leaders of several countries in South America, such as Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and Evo Morales in Bolivia.

“Whatever Fidel does and whatever Chávez does for me is the best (it can be done),” Maradona said on a weekly TV show in 2007.

“Castro was his idol,” Alfredo Tedeschi, an Argentine TV producer who was close to Maradona during his stay in Havana, told Reuters.

“It was as if he fell in love with Castro, then Chavez, Morales and the rest came.”

Morales hired Maradona to participate in a charity match in 2008, to support Bolivia’s campaign against FIFA’s ban on high-profile matches in these countries, and the ban was later canceled.

In 2018, the late Argentine star said he was considering entering politics, and was closely associated with former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

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