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article imageDiego Maradona poised to ditch retirement with Deportivo Riestra

By Alex Larkin     Feb 21, 2014 in Sports
Diego Maradona is ready to put pen to paper in a miraculous deal that will see the legendary winger lace up his boots and return to playing at the age of 53.
The man behind the Hand of God will sign for Deportivo Riestra, a tiny club based in Flores, Buenos Aires that currently plays in Primera D in Argentina.
Primera D is the fifth tier of the country's football league system however, Maradona is not deterred by this and is set to make his debut on March 23.
The Mirror have reported that the World Cup winner's debut will attract so much attention that the club are planning to ditch their 3,000 seat stadium for a move to the nearby Estadio Pedro Bidegain, a ground with a capacity of almost 44,000 and home of Primera División champions San Lorenzo.
Victor Stinfale, close friend and legal representative of Maradona is the financier of the small-scale club and is said to have been the man responsible for convincing the legendary winger to sign.
Maradona has history with the Buenos Aires minnows as he was allotted the role of 'Spiritual Coach' in August last year.
The Mail Online stated that reports in Argentina claim Maradona demanded 'I want to play', when initially offered the job as manager.
With official paperwork filed to the Argentine FA, a club insider revealed to sports newspaper Olé that the move should run smoothly.
The source said: Within five game weeks, Maradona will be playing for Riestra. He will debut on approximately the 23rd of March.
Known as 'God' in his homeland, Maradona is even set to retain his iconic No 10 shirt with current occupant Victor More declaring: "I'll wear whatever."
In recent appearances Maradona looks to be in good health after a radical slimming down period, but previous to now he has not played competitively since 1998 for Boca Juniors.
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