Diego Maradona's death could spark a family feud over his property as he leaves behind five children whom he has recognized as his and six others with whom he has been linked.
Before he died, one of his daughters joked that he could make a starting XI with his children after a 23-year-old Argentinian was named as the youngest woman struggling to prove she was his daughter.
Maradona had two sons and three daughters of four different women – including his ex-wife Claudia Villafane and former long-time partner Veronica Ojeda – recognized as his own.
Giannina Maradona, one of the two daughters of the former Villafane soccer player, joked last year after the names of three children believed to be in Cuba were published: “Only three more are needed for the 11-person team. You can do it !!! & # 39;
Last October, a 23-year-old brunette named Magali Gil appeared as the last possible member of Maradona's brood.
In October last year, a 23-year-old brunette named Magali Gil (pictured) appeared as the last possible member of Maradona's brood
Maradona had recognized two sons and three daughters from four different women, including his ex-wife Claudia Villafane (pictured together) and former long-time partner Veronica Ojeda
Popular Argentine television show Intrusos said it has a young daughter who would have made the former Naples and Barcelona star a grandfather if he had been confirmed as her father.
She is believed to have started legal proceedings in April last year to prove her consanguinity.
Who are Maradona's recognized children and who are the rumored offspring?
- Diego Junior, 34
- Jana, 23
- Dalma, 32
- Gianinna, 30
- Diego Fernando, seven
According to rumors, offspring:
- "The Cuban Trio" – Joana, Lu and Javielito
- Magali Gil, 23
- Santiago Lara, 19
The journalist Adrian Pallares said to Intrusos: “Her mother did not raise her, but her adoptive family, who gave her all their love.
"The time came when she discovered that she didn't belong to this family and that her father might be Diego Armando Maradona."
In February, she broke her silence in Argentina to confirm that the situation had not changed and asked the football legend to agree to a DNA test.
She had already confirmed on Italian television that she had been adopted as a teenager, and her birth mother had contacted her in early 2019 to tell her who her real father was.
Magali told Argentine journalist Tomas Dente at the beginning of the year for the first time in her home country: “Unfortunately we have not yet been able to set a date for the DNA test.
“I would like to believe that the predisposition that Diego & # 39; s attorney Matias Morla was talking about last December when we met is still there so that this can be resolved as soon as possible and in the best possible way .
“I am concerned and concerned about what is happening because it is key to me, my identity and my past.
“I'm trying to stay calm and understand that this is Diego Maradona, who I know has a full diary.
"I just want to urge him to recognize that a person is waiting and needs him in order to dissolve my identity and put an end to this search."
The Magali bomb first appeared a month after Santiago Lara, who comes from the same Argentine city as La Plata, managed Maradona Gimnasia y Esgrima, the football legend again asked on television to recognize him as his son.
The Magali bomb first appeared a month after Santiago Lara (pictured), who comes from the same Argentine city as La Plata, where Maradona Gimnasia y Esgrima administers, made another TV appeal to the football legend to name him Acknowledge son
The teenager, whose waitress Natalia Garat died of lung cancer in 2006 at the age of 23 and was raised by her ex-boyfriend Marcelo Lara, first spoke of his struggle to find out who his real father is in 2016.
He said at the time: “I was told that my real father was supposedly Diego Maradona. My father will always be Marcelo Lara, but I was told that my real father is supposedly Diego Maradona.
“I think I look like him, the face, the curls, everything. I look at Marcelo and I know we are not alike. It's not easy to wake up in the morning with this feeling. & # 39;
I found out after walking past a newsstand near my house at the age of 13 and seeing the cover of a magazine with Maradona's face and mine pixelated underneath.
“I was in a state of shock because I didn't know what I was doing in the magazine. I ran home and asked Marcelo what was going on and he explained everything.
“He told me that my mom was known on the modeling series when she was younger and he told me he felt like I wasn't his son.
"He told me that a DNA test had been requested but was never forthcoming."
Maradona's attorney Matias Morla said months before the football player's death he would assume his responsibility as Santiago's father if the blood connection was confirmed.
Maradona's attorney Matias Morla (pictured today) said months before the soccer player died he would assume his responsibilities as Santiago's father if the blood connection was confirmed
Morla was previously quoted as saying, "Everyone knows there is Santiago and another person to be talked about in Argentina," although other media outlets in the South American country have speculated that the eleventh child that makes up Diego's football team would be a fourth Cuban.
The Cuban trio, whose names have already been released, are Joana, Lu and Javielito, who were born after Maradona moved to the Caribbean island in February 2000 to fight alcohol and drug addiction.
Mr Morla, who admitted in October 2018 that the ex-footballer had been "naughty" in Cuba and confessed: "There will be many maradonas, many, even if some people don't like it," has confirmed the trio met him during the Funeral of Fidel Castro.
In recent years, Maradona had recognized his adult son, Diego Junior, who had emerged from an extramarital relationship with Italian model Cristina Sinagra, and 23-year-old Jana, who first met her father almost six years ago after a court battle of hers Mother Valeria Sabalain.
Maradona also had two daughters from his ex-wife, 32-year-old Dalma and 30-year-old Gianinna, and a seven-year-old son named Diego Fernando from former girlfriend Veronica Ojeda.
Several Spanish-language memes went viral after Maradona's attorney revealed the three Cuban children.
One said: & # 39; If you were born between 1980 and 2019 and you have exceptional soccer skills, contact us. You could be a son of Diego Maradona. & # 39;
Another, showing hundreds of people lining up in front of an unfamiliar building, has a message next to it that says, "The day of the declaration of the heirs of Maradona."
Maradona also had two daughters from his ex-wife, 32-year-old Dalma and 30-year-old Gianinna, and a seven-year-old son named Diego Fernando from former girlfriend Veronica Ojeda
It wasn't immediately clear tonight who the former Barcelona and Naples star had put on his will.
Last November, Diego threatened not to leave anything to his children after he was forced to deny he was dying.
In a video filmed from his home in Argentina, Maradona, who fought against alcohol and drug addiction and weight problems, said: "I want to tell you that I don't die at all, that I sleep peacefully because I work." 39;
In response to new fears for his health, his daughter Giannini had asked fans to pray for him, claiming he was being sedated with pills like a caged lion. He added: I don't know what she meant to say or what she interpreted.
“What I do know is that as people get older, they are more concerned about what you are going to leave than what you are doing.
“I tell you all that I will not leave anything behind, that I will donate it. I will not give away everything that I have earned from running in my life, I will donate it. & # 39;
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