Maradona to run for Fifa presidency, says report

  • Reuters
  • Updated: Jun 23, 2015 07:18 IST

On this day 29 years ago, Diego Maradona scored two of the most talked about goals in football history: the second famous, the first — probably more so.

The Argentine football great is in the news again on the anniversary of his 'Hand of God' goal and the solo magical strike that crushed England's hopes in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal.

Maradona has decided to stand as a candidate for the FIFA presidency to replace Sepp Blatter, Uruguayan journalist and writer Victor Hugo Morales has said.

Morales said Maradona had told him of his intention when he called the former coach of the Argentina national team to check on the condition of his sick father, "Don Diego", on Sunday.

"He told me he was going to run for president of FIFA and authorised me to inform," Morales posted in Spanish on his Twitter feed.

"'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," he added in another tweet.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro earlier this month suggested Maradona become the next FIFA president.

Morales is famous around Latin America for his passionate commentary of Maradona's wonder goal against England at the 1986 World Cup, which Argentina won.

The pair hosted a TV show together for Venezuelan station Telesur during last year's World Cup in Brazil.

Won't be easy for Maradona to score this one

Maradona, 54, has long been a trenchant critic of Blatter and last month said he was "enjoying" the corruption scandal that led the Swiss to announce he would stand down at an extraordinary congress of football's world governing body.

Like Brazilian Zico, another great former player who has announced his candidacy, Maradona might struggle to get the support of federations from five countries, as required under FIFA statutes.

Liberia Football Association Chairman Musa Bility is the other candidate announced so far for a ballot likely to take place later this year or in early 2016.

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