FIFA Appoints Diego Maradona Global Ambassador
Argentina legend Diego Maradona has been handed an ambassadorial role by the world football governing body Fifa.
Maradona, 56, who was a guest at the Fifa Best Award ceremony in January, took to Facebook to make the announcement.
“Now it’s official,” the 1986 World Cup winner said.
“Finally I can fulfill one of the lifelong dreams; to work for a clean and transparent Fifa alongside people who really love football.”
A Fifa spokesman said Maradona would join ‘in recognition of his outstanding and unique contribution to football,”
Maradona was a harsh critic of disgraced former Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who is presently serving a six-year ban for ethics violations.
His ban, along with that of his protégé and former Uefa chief Michel Platini, came in the wake of the worst graft scandal in the history of football that also claimed a number of ex-Fifa executive committee members.
The former Argentina captain, who won 91 caps with the Albiceleste, has been invited back into the Fifa fold thanks to a warm relationship with Blatter’s successor Gianni Infantino, who was elected in February last year.
Maradona enjoyed a glittering yet controversial career in his native Argentina with Boca Juniors, and for European outfits Barcelona and Napoli.
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