After failed coaching, Diego Maradona wishes to be FIFA President

Diego Maradona – widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time has expressed desire to stand for the role of FIFA’s new president.

Earlier in the month, amid a train of allegations that the global FIFA, the body’s long-term president, Sepp Blatter quit the job, a few days after becoming the president for a record fifth term.

In our earlier article, we have reported that while declaring his announcement in a hastily arranged press conference, Blatter said that the FIFA Congress would meet soon to elect a new president.

So far, former Brazilian legend, Zico and Chairman of Liberian Football Association, Musa Bility have only been “officially” announced as the presidential candidates for FIFA.

But now, Argentine legend, Diego Maradona has expressed his wish to join the race. Uruguayan author and journalist, Victor Hugo Morales announced on twitter that Maradona has informed Morales that he wants to stand for FIFA’s presidential post.

The tweet that was written in Spanish read, “He told me he was going to run for president of Fifa and authorized 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 added in another tweet.

Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro proposed this month that Maradona should become the new FIFA president.

Maradona has always been a relentless critic of Sepp Blatter, and even said last month that he was “enjoying” the scandals that provoked Blatter to resign earlier this month.

According to a report by MailOnline, Maradona said that FIFA follows total anarchism where only one man has the last say in everything, “but he knows absolutely nothing.”

He added: “He has done a lot of damage to football since he has been there. It’s time for him to step aside and let us, who are coming in with a lot of energy, rebuild football, which is getting weaker and more corrupt.”

It’s ironic how Maradona talks about “corruption” and “damage” when his own career has circled around controversy.


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In 1991, the Argentine saw himself banned from football for 15 months after testing positive for cocaine, in Italy. A few years later in the 1994 World Cup, he again tangled up in controversy after he was sent home due to testing positive for ephedrine.

His coaching time with Argentina during the 2010 World Cup was poor and disappointing, and a far cry from what Argentina is today.

This makes it harder for the legend to receive approval from federations of five countries, as per FIFA rules.

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