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article imageDiego Maradona wants to meet Iranian president Ahmedinijad

By Chris V. Thangham     Dec 24, 2007 in Politics
Argentina football legend Diego Maradona wants to meet the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He said that meeting the president is one of his goals in the New Year.
Diego Maradona was a great soccer player in the 80s and 90s and now he is officially retired and indulges himself in politics. He supports Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and is also an outspoken critic of the US President George W. Bush.
Maradona is currently playing the exhibition football (soccer) matches in South America. After a Showbol soccer tournament of mini-matches, he gave a signed soccer shirt to an Iranian diplomat.
In a live broadcast with the local Argentina Television channel, Maradona said to the Iran’s diplomat in Argentina, Mohsen Baharvand the following:
I've already met Fidel and Chavez ... now I need to meet your president. I'd like to meet Ahmadinejad," He also wishes to meet the people of Iran.
Maradona is a hero in Argentina. He led the national team to a World Cup Victory in 1986. But since his retirement, he has struggled with drug abuse and obesity.
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