Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub-Editor: Joana Mihajlovska, Agency: Newsflash
Diego Maradona’s priest has revealed that the football legend sought peace of mind after admitting a number of past mistakes during his last confessions.
Argentine priest Gustavo Rubio made the comments on the radio show ‘Manana Sylvestre’ (Sylvestre Morning) with host Gustavo Sylvestre broadcast by Radio 10 in the capital Buenos Aires.
Father Rubio, priest of the Maria Auxiliadora de Berisso Parish, revealed that Diego Maradona, 60, approached him after he took the manager’s role at the top-flight Argentine football club Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata in September 2019.
Rubio said he initially thought Maradona was not serious, but was surprised when the football legend asked for his help to find peace.
The priest said: “When we met, I was surprised he asked me to bless him and the club on God’s behalf, but especially to bless his life and what lies ahead.
“Diego asked me to bless him and he told me the only thing he wanted was peace.”
Rubio said it was surprising to see Maradona appear so “humble” asking for something as simple as peace when he is portrayed as larger than life in the media.
He went on to say how Maradona admitted: “I made a lot of mistakes in life, many, and I regret them, but I also had many good things in life. I am not anyone’s role model.”
Rubio also mentioned how Maradona never forgot his love for his parents saying every time he spoke about them he would do so with “admiration” and “love” that brought tears to his eyes.
Rubio said: “Maradona told me his return to the Church was inspired by the life and faith of his mother.”
Maradona remained the manager of Gimnasia de la Plata until he died from a heart attack at his home in the city of Tigre in the province of Buenos Aires on 25th November.
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