Former Argentine football legend Diego Maradona’s mural in the Neapolitan suburb of San Giovanni a Teduccio. The 57-year-old 1986 World Cup champion and former Napoli FC star, whose off-the-pitch scandals included doping bans and battles with obesity and drugs, has signed a three-year contract with Belarusian side Dynamo Minsk. A born-again Marxist, Maradona has spent the last decade cultivating close relationships with firebrand leftist strongmen that include Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, and Bolivia’s Evo Morales. His relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin also raised eyebrows after Maradona proclaimed in 2017 that Putin was the greatest guarantor of peace in the world.
Published 06:36 May 21, 2018
Updated 07:40 May 21, 2018