Maradona sheds tears on TV over drug rehab


BUENOS AIRES: Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona broke down in tears during a television interview on Tuesday as he talked about his frustrations over his treatment for cocaine addiction. 

After three months confined to a psychiatric clinic on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Maradona is fighting to obtain a judge's permission to leave Argentina and resume treatment in Cuba. 

Diego Maradona

“I'm old enough and have enough decision-making power to know what to do with my life,” the 43-year-old said in an interview with Canal 9. 

As tears streamed down his face, Maradona said he felt like he was losing his battle with the judge. 

Sporting a blue pin-striped suit and a healthy glow, Maradona spoke about his “illness”, his preferred term for the cocaine addiction that led to heart problems and 10 days in intensive care last April. 

Maradona said he first tried drugs in 1982, when his soccer career was flying. “Once you are in, you can't get out.” 

He said he preferred treatment in Cuba, where he has lived for most of the last four years, because he had less hassle from the media and could play golf on good courses. 

Maradona, who weighs “90 kilos (198 pounds) and a bit”, said he was trying to diet. 

But he showed he still had a few of his old soccer skills as he balanced a ball on his forehead for the TV audience. – Reuters  

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