There's plenty of adventure going on in Diego Maradona's life right now.
Last week, the Argentinean legend was in Rome trying to persuade the Italian authorities why he shouldn't pay a €39m tax bill. While there, he also proposed to his 23-year-old girlfriend Rocio Oliva, who happens to be four years younger than his eldest daughter. This happy announcement came just a few days after it was revealed he would become a father for the sixth time through his ex-girlfriend Veronica Ojeda. In the past few days, he's also alleged to have squeezed in enough time to fly to Dubai to berate Manchester Utd goalkeeper David De Gea for flirting with his fiancée.
On top of all this crazy, the 53-year-old World Cup winner has apparently been convinced to pull on his boots once again.
Maradona briefly became "spiritual coach" of Argentinean fifth tier side Deportivo Riestra last August, at the behest of their owner Victor Stinfale, who is also Saint Diego's friend and legal representative. According to The Mirror, the former Barcelona and Napoli star has now asked to return to the side as a player.
Riestra have made a request for his inclusion in their squad to the Argentinean football association and — subject to that request being accepted — Maradona could be playing "within five gameweeks."
Such is the interest in the move that Riestra are said to be swapping their tiny 3,000-capacity stadium to use the 45,000-capacity facilities of nearby Pope-endorsed San Lorenzo.
He may be more than half a century old and have had a chequered past in terms of health, but the man many believe to have been the greatest player of all time showed he still had some magic in his feet in a friendly tournament in Dubai last year:
- - - - - - -
- Sports & Recreation
- Diego Maradona