Sunday, February 26, 2006

Diego Maradona ditches son for Chavez and Castro

The son of former Argentine football star Diego Maradona says his father is mentally unstable from years of drug abuse. Just because you lose a lot of weight that doesn't mean you get your mental health back, said Diego Jr as quoted by the Italian news agency ANSA. The son of Maradona leveled a barrage of insults on his father on an Italian radio program. Diego Jr is suing Maradona for defamation after he called his son a mistake on the popular Argentine TV show which the legendary ex-player hosts.

In recent years Maradona has emerged as an ardent fan of Venezuela's radical president Hugo Ch├ívez and Cuba's Communist despot Fidel Castro. "I like women, but I’ve fallen in love with Chavez," the former World Cup-winning captain told reporters in March 2005 after having lunch with the Venezuelan leader at the presidential palace. The two embraced afterwards.

The following October, Maradona told Cuban television that Fidel Castro had been his dream. "For me he is a god," he said. Maradona became friends with Castro during his stays in Cuba to receive treatment for cocaine addiction. He has a tattoo of the Cuban leader's face on his leg, the BBC reported.

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