Diego Maradona for FIFA president?
The FIFA scandal is just the gift that keeps on giving. After days of countless accusations being thrown and cat palaces being uprooted, a new wrinkle in the madness that has become FIFA's own personal hell has been announced:
Diego Maradona wants to run for FIFA president.
Yes, the man that is considered to be one of the greatest footballers in the world is interested in taking over Sepp Blatter's old position (assuming he does leave).
The news was first reported by Uruguayan football journalist Victor Hugo Morales, who used to host a football program in Venezuela with Maradona. On his Twitter feed, Morales said in two posts "He told me he was going to run for president of Fifa and authorised me to inform 'I am a candidate' were the two words Diego Maradona used to answer me when I consulted him about the nomination for the presidency of Fifa."
Morales is not the first person to speak of Maradona as a contender for the FIFA President position. Earlier this year, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro also espoused Maradona's credentials for his position and for his disdain of all things Blatter.
Blatter announced last month that he would step down from the position, although an exact date has not been given. The next slate of FIFA elections is set to begin next year. Only two other people aside from Maradona have expressed interest in the position: former Brazil standout Zico and Liberian Football Association Chairman Musa Bility.
Now on the surface the Maradona bid sounds. If someone were to read Maradona's C/V and not know anything about his character then they might see where he could be a fit. After all Maradona did win the 1986 World Cup with Argentina, two Serie A titles with Napoli (1986-1987 and 1989-1990,) the Copa del Ray with Barcelona in 1983, and was named the FIFA Player of the Century in 2000.
But this is also the same man who still reportedly owes the Italian government $37 million in unpaid taxes, who famously flamed out as the coach of the Argentina national team, and has political beliefs that may upset a few sponsors .
Then again given some of the accusations being thrown at FIFA these days Maradona's sins may be tame in comparison.
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