Everywhere Diego Maradona goes and every word he utters generates headlines. But while his genius with a football could never be doubted, many of his decisions away from the pitch have been questionable, so he may not be the first name that springs to mind when appointing someone to restore order within the Argentine Football Association (AFA).
At the centre of the FIFA corruption scandal, a farcically bungled election and now a delayed league start due to rows over television money, the AFA’s reputation is in the dirt.
Certainly Maradona is correct about one thing, “Argentine football, let’s face it, it’s broken.”
“It is broken. [Julio] Grondona took it to the grave,” the 56-year-old said in reference to the AFA’s previous mafia-like boss who sat unchallenged as president from 1979 until his death in 2014.
Had Grondona been alive to face the music, it seems undeniable that one of Sepp Blatter’s oldest allies would have been caught up in FIFA-gate and Maradona has taken considerable glee in telling the world that he was right all along about dodgy Sepp and Don Julio.