Diego Maradona has been unveiled by Mexico side Dorados de Silona as its new coach. The club which plays in the second tier will be the Argentine’s new chance at managerial role in football having led his country to the 2010 world cup in South Africa.
The club is however situated in Culiacán, a violence plagued region ruled by the Sinola cartel, formerly controlled by Joaquin ”El Chapo” Guzman who is awaiting trial in the US
Being signed to a region where drug related crimes are experienced, concerns about Maradona’s battle with drug addiction comes into play.
Addressing reporters at the press conference during his unveiling, Maradona didn’t shy away from his past.
“When I was using I was falling apart,” he said.
“It was a step backwards and a footballer always has to go forward.”
Thanking his daughters for finally quitting cocaine, he went on: “I was left without a cent.”
He said his youngest daughter — who was four at the time — convinced him to keep going.
Maradona added: “When I was in a coma she touched my bedsheet to wake me up.”