Diego Maradona’s Family & Kids: Fast Facts from accepting love child after 20 years to row with son-in-law Aguero

Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer legend, has died at the age of 60, the Argentina national soccer team confirmed.

The World Cup winner passed on Wednesday, November 25, after suffering from a heart attack, according to Goal.com.

Maradona, widely considered as one of the greatest soccer players of all time, had been recovering in his Tigre home after undergoing brain surgery at the beginning of the month, the outlet said.

Earlier hospital tests revealed a blood clot on his brain, Goal.com continued. However, doctors described the surgery as successful, the outlet noted.

The 60-year-old led Argentina to four World Cups and coached the national team during the 2010 tournament, CBS News reported.

Selección Argentina, Argentina’s national soccer team, confirmed Maradona’s death on Twitter with a tribute.

“You will be eternal in every heart of the football world,” the November 25 tweet read

Argentina’s presidential office declared that the country will host three days of national mourning following the athlete’s death.

Maradona leaves behind eight official children and his ex-wife Claudia Villafañe.

Here’s what you need to know about Diego Maradona’s family.


1. Maradona Shares 2 Daughters With Ex-Wife Claudia Villafañe

Diego Maradona, center right, with ex-wife Claudia Villafañe, left, and daughters Dalma, center left, and Giannina, right, at the ‘Maradona’ Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2008 in Cannes, France.

According to The Sun, Maradona married his longtime fiancée Claudia Villafañe in 1989. The pair met when she was 17, the outlet continued.

A Buenos Aires native, Villafañe pursued a career as a TV personality and producer, even taking part in Celebrity Masterchef Argentina, The Sun reported.

The couple share two daughters, Giannina and Dalma Maradona, and divorced in 2003 after nearly 20 years of marriage.

  1. In November 2019, Giannina Maradona Posted Cryptic Social Media Messages Expressing Concern Over Her Father’s Health
Diego Maradona’s Family & Kids: Fast Facts from accepting love child after 20 years to row with son-in-law Aguero

In November 2019, Giannina Maradona — who was 30 at the time — took to social media following her father’s 59th birthday, according to The Sun.

The 30-year-old, who shares a son with Man City striker Sergio Aguero, posted “cryptic comments on social media” inferring concern over Diego Maradona’s health “as she begged followers to ‘pray for him,’” the outlet continued.

“He’s not dying because his body decides but they are killing him inside without him realizing it,” Giannina Maradona expressed in an Instagram story, the outlet disclosed. “I don’t believe in the benchmark NORMAL, but that is a long way from the reality he deserves. Pray for him please.”

Diego Maradona had public battles with alcohol and drug addictions in the past, The Sun noted.

He later responded to his daughter’s social media commentary in a video of his own, denying taking any sedatives, the outlet reported.

“I want to tell you that I’m not dying at all, that I sleep peacefully because I’m working,” Diego Maradona said, according to The Sun. “I don’t know what she meant to say or what she had interpreted.”


3. Maradona Is the Official Father of 8 Children

GettyArgentina player Diego Maradona in action during a 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Peru at the National Stadium on June 23, 1985 in Lima, Peru.

In March 2019, BBC News reported that Maradona was to acknowledge the paternity of three Cuban children, despite having once denied claims that he had other children outside of his marriage.

The paternity acknowledgement enabled Maradona as the official father of eight children, the outlet continued.

BBC News disclosed that the children were from two different mothers and could take the Maradona name.

According to BBC:

Maradona spent several years in the country between 2000 and 2005 undergoing treatment for a cocaine habit. He befriended then-President Fidel Castro during his stint in the country and got a tattoo of the leader’s face on his leg.

Since his 2003 divorce from Villafañe, Maradona had recognized two other children, Diego Junior and Jana, following court battles with their mothers, BBC News continued.

He also shares another child, Diego Fernando, with his former partner Veronica Ojeda, the outlet said.


4. Maradona Broke up With His Most Recent Girlfriend in December 2018

GettyArgentina’s football legend Diego Maradona, left, and his girlfriend Rocio Olivia arrive at the airport in Jakarta on June 29, 2013.

Rocio Oliva and Maradona broke up in December 2018 following a four-year engagement. Like, Maradona, Oliva, 29, was a soccer player who played for Argentina’s women’s team.

In May 2019, Maradona was detained at Buenos Aires airport after Oliva initiated legal proceedings against her former fiancé claiming that she owed him nearly $7 million. According to Maradona’s lawyer, the former Boca Juniors star was issued with a court date and released.

Oliva, who dated Maradona for six years, announced earlier this month that Maradona needed urgent treatment for alcohol addiction, The Sun reported.


5. Maradona Sued His Ex-Wife After Claiming She Misappropriated Millions of His Money to Buy Florida Real Estate

GettyDiego Armando Maradona, right, next to his former wife Claudia Villafane in January 2000 at a hotel in Havana, Cuba.

The Associated Press reported in August 2018 that Maradona had been granted permission to pursue a lawsuit in the U.S. against Villafañe. Maradona in 2015 accused his ex-wife of misappropriating millions of his dollars to buy six condominium units in Florida , the outlet said.

The lawsuit, filed in Miami, claimed the misappropriation was uncovered during an audit in 2014, The Associated Press indicated.

“The marriage was long over by the time the lawsuit contends the alleged misappropriation was uncovered through an audit in 2014,” The AP reported. “Maradona’s lawsuit says the misappropriation was never disclosed to him before that.”

After Villafañe’s lawyers argued that the case belonged in Argentina, an appeals court ruled on August 8, 2018 that a lower court “correctly refused to dismiss the lawsuit against” her, the outlet said.

Maradona’s ex-wife denied any fraud, The AP continued.

Diego Maradona’s turbulent family life from finally accepting love child after 20 years to row with son-in-law Aguero

FOOTBALL legend Diego Maradona died on Wednesday afternoon after suffering a heart attack at his home in Argentina.

Diego Maradona, pictured with his family in 2000, has a complicated family lifeCredit: Reuters
The football legend has two daughters from his first wife and at least six other children from other womenCredit: EPA
Maradona pictured with his grandson Benjamin – who is the son of Man City striker Sergio AgueroCredit: Getty Images – Getty

The World Cup winner leaves behind a glittering legacy on the pitch from his unforgettable spells with Napoli, Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

His place in football’s pantheon is not in doubt but Argentina’s favourite son, who has battled alcohol and drug addiction and obesity, leaves behind a complicated personal and familial legacy.

PARENTS | Diego Maradona’s death

Born to a devout Catholic family, Maradona grew up in Villa Fiorito, a shantytown just south of capital Buenos Aries.

His father, affectionately known as Don Diego, was a factory worker who once refused to let his son attend trials for Argentinos Juniors because there was not enough money in the sport.

His mother, Dona Tota, was a homemaker who raised eight children – Diego was the oldest – and is known as being the biggest influence and a calming presence on her most famous child.

In fact, when Dona Tota died in 2011 it was national news in Argentina, with the country’s biggest newspapers and TV stations running obituaries.

According to football folklore she had wanted Diego to become an accountant.

Maradona talks reverently about her in his autobiography, describing how she would skip meals and pretend to be ill just to be able to feed her kids.

Maradona with his mother Dona Tota, who he revered, and his father Don Diego, a factory workerCredit: Rex Features

FOOTBALLER BROTHERS

Two of Maradona’s brothers also became professional footballers, although not with anywhere near the same level of success as Argentina’s No10.

Raul, known as Lalo, had a brief stint with Boca Juniors and Spanish club Granada before spending much of his career in the US.

Hugo, known as El Turco, played in Spain with Rayo Vallecano and in Austria with Rapid Vienna, before becoming a cult hero with numerous clubs in Japan.

Neither played at international level.

Diego Maradona’s FIRST MARRIAGE

Maradona met his wife Claudia Villafane when she was 17 and he 19.

They married after a long engagement in 1989 and were wed 25 years, but the pair endured a turbulent relationship over three decades.

Maradona and Claudia Villafane were together for more than 30 years but their relationship ended amid rumours of continued infidelityCredit: Rex Features
Maradona and family in Sevilla in 1992Credit: Rex Features

Maradona has two children with Claudia, who has been a film producer, reality TV star and actress in her career.

However, their marriage was fraught with rumours of Diego’s infidelity.

The couple divorced in 2004, but continued to be seen together in the years that followed, including at the 2006 World Cup.

The pair then drifted apart but made more headlines together in 2018, when Maradona sued Claudia for allegedly stealing his money and using it to buy apartments in Florida.

CHILDREN & LOVE CHILDREN

While two of his children, daughters Dalma and Giannina, were Claudia’s, Diego has at least three other kids – with unconfirmed rumours of more.

In 2016, after nearly 30 YEARS of denying paternity, Diego finally recognised Diego Jr Sinagra as his son.

Maradona with his two eldest children Giannina and DalmaCredit: Getty Images – Getty

He had been born in September 1986 after Diego’s affair with model Cristina Sinagra while he played for Napoli.

Despite years of campaigning from his mum – and even rumours that the Pope had got involved – Diego refused to accept he was the father, despite an Italian court proclaiming him as the father as early as 1995.

He finally had a change of heart after another love child, Jana, got to know him by secretly meeting with him at a gym he attended in Buenos Aires.

Maradona had fathered Jana, now a lingerie model, after a brief fling with nightclub worker Valeria Sabalain while still married to Claudia Villafane.

Diego Jr, who had a career as a lower league footballer in Italy, publicly posed for pictures with Diego after a family reunion.

Maradona Sr said: “I’m very happy because I’ve been reunited with my son.

“I’ve been reunited with him as I was reunited with Jana.

“I love him a lot and he’s very like me.”

Diego Maradona’s Family & Kids: Fast Facts from accepting love child after 20 years to row with son-in-law Aguero

The pair finally reconciled in 2016 after decades apartCredit: Rex Features
Diego Maradona’s Family & Kids: Fast Facts from accepting love child after 20 years to row with son-in-law Aguero

In the wake of that reunion, more women came forward with paternity claims against Maradona.

In March 2019, he accepted paternity of three Cuban children, reportedly from two mothers, although their identities remain a secret.

Maradona had spent many months in Havana between 2000 and 2005 while undergoing treatment for a cocaine habit, even befriending then-President Fidel Castro during his time in the country.

Maradona later got a tattoo of Castro’s face on his leg.

At least three other women have come forward claiming Maradona to be the father of their children, but he did not publicly confirm they were his before his death.

His youngest child, Diego Fernando, is just seven, and was born in 2013.

Maradona had been dating his mother, Veronica Ojeda, before dumping her when she was four months pregnant for Rocio Oliva, 30 years his junior.

Maradona posed for a photo with seven-year-old son Diego Fernando earlier this monthCredit: Instagram
Diego Maradona’s Family & Kids: Fast Facts from accepting love child after 20 years to row with son-in-law Aguero

Maradona’s FALL OUT WITH AGUERO

Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero was married to Maradona’s daughter Giannina for four years from 2009 to 2013.

However, the relationship ended on bitter terms with Maradona branding the striker – who is the father of his grandson Benjamin – “a wimp”soon after.

If you think time would have healed the relationship then think again.

His lawyer shared an image of Maradona from his home in 2018 and eagle-eyed people on social media spotted a picture of Aguero hanging on the wall.

But Aguero’s face had been completely blacked out by Maradona.

Maradona branded ex-son-in-law Aguero a ‘wimp’ after his break up with GianninaCredit: AP:Associated Press
A picture of Aguero with the face blacked out was spotted on social media in 2018

GIRLFRIEND – Maradona

After splitting from Veronica Ojeda, Maradona got together with Rocio Oliva, who at the time was just 23 and 30 years younger.

Rocio, a former professional footballer herself, has since become a huge celebrity in Argentina and got engaged just 18 months after they met.

Former girlfriend Veronica Ojeda with their son Diego FernandoCredit: Instagram @veruojeda25
Maradona had a relationship with Rocio Oliva, 30 years his junior, for five yearsCredit: AFP or licensors
The pair were engaged but split after a series of blazing rowsCredit: EPA

However, they never married and split up in 2018 after a series of blazing rows.

The main sticking point is believed to be her reluctance to follow him to Mexico after he got the job as Dorados manager.

In the wake of Maradona’s hospitalisation earlier this month, an upset Rocio insisted that alcohol addiction was the cause of his problems.

She said: “On September 9 he was admitted for the same reason but this time round he was in a worse condition than before.

“What’s happening here is simple. You can keep him in hospital three or four days and get him better by hydrating him and giving him vitamins but that’s not the solution.

“Diego takes sleeping pills, but Diego’s problem is alcohol and it’s well known.

“Diego is still drinking and whoever says he isn’t is a liar. He needs to be treated for his alcohol addiction.”

got together with Rocio Oliva, who at the time was just 23 and 30 years younger.

Rocio, a former professional footballer herself, has since become a huge celebrity in Argentina and got engaged just 18 months after they met.

Former girlfriend Veronica Ojeda with their son Diego FernandoCredit: Instagram @veruojeda25
Maradona had a relationship with Rocio Oliva, 30 years his junior, for five yearsCredit: AFP or licensors
The pair were engaged but split after a series of blazing rowsCredit: EPA

However, they never married and split up in 2018 after a series of blazing rows.

The main sticking point is believed to be her reluctance to follow him to Mexico after he got the job as Dorados manager.

In the wake of Maradona’s hospitalisation earlier this month, an upset Rocio insisted that alcohol addiction was the cause of his problems.

She said: “On September 9 he was admitted for the same reason but this time round he was in a worse condition than before.

“What’s happening here is simple. You can keep him in hospital three or four days and get him better by hydrating him and giving him vitamins but that’s not the solution.

“Diego takes sleeping pills, but Diego’s problem is alcohol and it’s well known.

“Diego is still drinking and whoever says he isn’t is a liar. He needs to be treated for his alcohol addiction.”

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