Maradona's Number '10' jersey to retire

Diego Maradona to lead an international side against Argentina in testimonial game in November where the number '10' jersey will be retired.

updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona has put Cuban President Fidel Castro at the top of his guest list for his testimonial game in November where the number '10' jersey will be retired from the National Argentine Football team. The match on November 10 will have an international side led by Maradona against the Argentine national side, which will be followed by a ceremony for the retirement of his number '10' jersey. Maradona has been based in Havana since January last year for drug treatment at Castro's invitation after nearly dying from a grave heart condition attributed to a drug problem and his overweight state. Maradona now leads a more peaceful lifestyle. He has slimmed down with his health improving dramatically and is overjoyed with the honour his country has given him. "This is an incredible homage to me. This is what we all want. The greatest thing for a player is for his jersey to be retired. It's the most incredible thing for an Argentine player," said Maradona. The forty-year old soccer legend in training showed off a new tattoo of Castro on his left shin. He has been living for the last 21 months at the La Pradera health spa on the outskirts of Havana and hopes Fidel Castro will allow him to settle down in Cuba. "I'm still in treatment and I'm in Pradera Clinic because I'm particularly fond of it. God willing, when I finish and if Fidel hears my subtle plea, not so subtle, I'd like to buy a house here. If not, I'll go somewhere else to live," he said. Maradona is making good progress according to doctors and he hopes soccer greats like Michel Platini, Romario, Lothar Matthaeus, Marco Van Basten and Gabriel Batistuta will be there to grace the occasion on November 10.