Nicolas Maduro (right) greets Diego Armando Maradona at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas on Tuesday. AFP / Venezuelan Presidency / Marcelo Garcia
Diego Maradona, former Argentine footballer met Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan President in Caracas on Tuesday. The leader thanked the icon for his “unconditional support,” as he prepared to begin three days of meetings at the leftist Sao Paulo Forum.
"How lovely to see Maradona again in our beloved homeland! Venezuela is your home, friend and soul brother. Welcome!" Maduro tweeted, attaching a video of the two men hugging.
Maradon, currently manager of Argentina club team Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata commented “here we are,” to the president on the video.
"I see you rejuvenated ... What did you do to yourself? Is it Gimnasia that has you like this?" Maduro responded, with his hand still on Maradona's left shoulder after an embrace.
Caracas is set to host Sao Paulo Forum meetings Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The famous number 10's arrival in Caracas comes as Venezuela is looking for a national football team coach after Rafael Dudamel resigned earlier this month to sign with Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro.
Sources of the Venezuelan Football Federation refuted the claim that Maradona’s visit was related to the Venezuelan’s team search for a coach.
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