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When Diego became a Brazilian

For $150,000, the Argentine legend is appearing for the first time in the yellow jersey of archrivals Brazil.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2006 20:08 IST
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Football superstar Diego Maradona is being well paid to live a "nightmare".

For $150,000, the Argentine is appearing for the first time in the yellow jersey of archrival Brazil.

The member of the 1986 World Cup champion team also sings the national anthem of Brazil alongside Brazilian football stars Ronaldo and Kaka in an advertisement for a soft-drink maker that is appearing on Brazilian television.

Maradona is then shown waking up in bed wearing the blue and white colours of Argentina to find it all had been a dream. "What a nightmare!" he says, relieved.

The advertisement is for a sponsor of the Brazilian national team.

Maradona is experiencing what he has termed a rebirth after years of cocaine use and obesity, which together brought him to the verge of death.

Today he is once again fit, is the moderator of the most popular television show in Argentina and has introduced a new type of indoor football in South America together with other former Argentine and Brazilian football players.

First Published: Apr 27, 2006 20:08 IST