Diego Maradona arrived to a hero’s welcome in Mexico on Saturday as the new technical director of second division Dorados landed in the relative footballing outpost of Culiacan.
‘Welcome Golden God! Thank you God, thank you Maradona!’ read one of the placards held by fans greeting him at the Culiacan airport.
‘When someone like Diego comes here it’s more due to his interest than for economic offers,’ said Jose Antonio Nunez, president of a club whose owners, the Hank family, have been accused of links to Mexico’s lucrative and violent drug-trafficking industry.
Maradona has been making all the right noises.
‘Happy for this new work opportunity. Happy to return to the land where I was world champion and where I retain very happy memories,’ he wrote on Instagram.
‘I want to tell you that I’m approaching this new stage with humility.’
He also sent a message of support to Mexico’s new left-wing president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
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