Argentinian star Diego Maradona gets engaged amid disputed paternity claims

Former Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona reacts during a news conference at the European Parliament office in Rome February 14, 2014. (Reuters)

Football legend Diego Maradona got engaged to a 23-year-old, despite his ex-girlfriend's claim that she was carrying their second child, the English daily news website The Mirror reported Saturday.

The former Dubai football team al-Wasl coach proposed on Valentine’s Day at a top hotel in Rome, two days after his former partner Veronica Ojeda confirmed Maradona was the father of her unborn child.

Ojeda stated she fell pregnant last December after Maradona slept with her at a Buenos Aires hotel. He denied the claims.

In an interview released today in an Argentinian magazine, Ojeda said: “I haven’t ruled out the possibility of winning Diego back again one day."

“I’ll carry on waiting for him all the time my heart beats for him and my love lasts,” she added.

Maradona, who started dating his now fiancée Rocio Oliva in the beginning of 2013, texted his daughter Giannina after the Ojeda's accusations saying: “Someone else is sleeping with Ojeda and it is someone else’s baby.”

Maradona and Ojeda ended their relationship when she was four and a half months pregnant with their first child Diego Fernando, now one. The new born will be Maradona’s sixth child.

Two other women, a Cuban and an Argentine, have filed paternity claims against Maradona which have yet to be accepted in court.

Maradona has been the head coach of the Dubai football team al-Wasl since May 2011 before being fired a year later by the club’s board of directors.

He is considered by many to have been one of the greatest football players with career that spanned three decades.


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