The World Cup winner has made the headlines in his home country after he was followed and surrounded by a pack of journalists following his visit to the theatre on Saturday.
According to Argentine news outlet El Comercio, Maradona engaged in a verbal battle with the reporters after appearing seemingly unhappy at being followed.
He was quoted as saying: “This is a gift for my child. One of the first days I have spent with my son.
“I have a happy environment so stop breaking balls, because I am 53 years old and I’m not the “Dieguito”, my name is Diego Armando Maradona!”
The former Barcelona, Napoli and Boca Juniors star then exited his car to confront a journalist face to face. “What is it, fool? Why mess with my wife if I do not mess with you?” Maradona questioned before slapping the reporter and driving off.
The football icon has had numerous run-ins with journalists over the years, and was once handed a suspended sentence of two years and 10 months for shooting and injuring four reporters with an air rifle outside his country home in Buenos Aires
- Diego Maradona