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Man like Diego Maradona

If you were born between 1980 and 2000 and you have extraordinary footballing skills, you could be a son of Diego Maradona.

 

In 1984  Maradona  was  married to his childhood sweetheart Claudia Villafane.

In 1998 – a year after he had retired from professional football – the icon received a prison sentence of two years and 10 months following an incident in which he shot an air rifle at reporters.

For the rest of his life, he suffered from health issues, undergoing a gastric bypass in 2005, was readmitted to hospital in 2007 and treated for hepatitis and effects of alcohol abuse, and underwent surgery for a hernia in 2019.

In January, he had surgery to stem bleeding in his stomach and in July he underwent a knee operation.

In late  2020, he was admitted to hospital for surgery on a blood clot in his brain, before being discharged to recover at home.

It was there that he died.

Maradona leaves behind five children he recognised as his and six others he has been linked to.

Maradona had recognised two sons and three daughters by four different women – including his ex-wife Claudia Villafane and former long-term partner Veronica Ojeda – as his own.

Maradona’s supposedly son Santiago Lara

Over recent years Maradona had recognised his grown-up son Diego Junior, born from an extra-marital affair with Italian model Cristina Sinagra, and 23-year-old Jana who met her dad for the first time nearly six years ago following a court fight by her mum Valeria Sabalain.

Maradona also had two daughters by his ex-wife, 32-year-old Dalma and 30-year-old Gianinna, and a seven-year-old son called Diego Fernando by former girlfriend Veronica Ojeda.

 

Maradona with friend Pele

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Yaya

Elizabeth Yaya is a sport blogger who writes unique and research-driven content about sport, mostly football.

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