Maradona offers Sh1.1m for information on peddlers of his ‘death’ rumours
Argentina’s football legend Diego Maradona has reportedly offered a reward of 300,000 Pesos equivalent to Sh1.1 million for information on recordings that reported his ‘death’ during his country win 1-0 over Nigeria on Tuesday at the 2018 Fifa World Cup.
Two Spanish-language audio clips reported that Maradona, famous for his ‘Hand of God’ World Cup goal against England in 1986, had suffered a heart attack and died.
According to Maradona’s lawyer, the retired player has offered a hefty cash reward to anyone who will give information of the authors of the said audio clips that claimed the died celebrating his country’s win and subsequent progress to the knockout Round of 16 stage.
Maradona has been in Russia since the World Cup kicked off and has been a lively presence at Argentina matches.
On Tuesday he celebrate his country’s dramatic win over Nigeria and with an offensive gesture just minutes after it was reported that he had a seizure and had been rushed to the hospital.
The 1986 World Cup winner was pictured receiving treatment after that match, following a health scare, but a pair of Spanish-language audio recordings suggested Maradona had suffered a fatal heart attack.
This was not the case and Maradona is not happy that the clips went viral, worrying his family.
“I have made public the decision to give a reward of 300,000 Pesos for anyone who can provide accurate information on the person who put the audio together. Often it is thought that, in these issues, little can be done,” his lawyer Matias Morla told Infobae.
Meanwhile, Maradona appeared on a Venezuelan television Telesur, to dismiss reports about his health concerns terming them as ‘lies’. He went on to add that his condition was exaggerated by people who envied him.
“I want to let the whole world know that I’m more alive than ever. There has been talk of stretchers, ambulances on the internet which triggered a cycle of meaningless lies. I understand the envy, but don’t tell lies,” he said.