DIEGO ARMANDO MARADONA SERÁ CANDIDATO A PRESIDENTE DE LA FIFA pic.twitter.com/d4YjLHXgVi— Víctor Hugo Morales (@vh590) June 22, 2015
Diego Armando Maradona, Considered one of the greatest players ever to grace a football pitch, is to throw his hat into the ring for the FIFA presidency, highly respected Uruguayan journalist Victor Hugo Morales has revealed.
Via his Twitter account, Morales announced the bombshell, that Maradona will put him self forward to fight for election as the next FIFA president.
Blatter won the re-election contest in May, but just days later amidst the corruption scandal in which FIFA is entrenched, the elderly Swiss leader declared he would step down from his post.
Maradona has been a fierce critic of Blatter, and in his comments, Morales stated the Argentine legend: "Has chosen to combat FIFA corruption and will now be a candidate for the presidency, so as to make changes."
Llamé a Diego Maradona para ver cómo estaba su papá. Me contó que iba a ser candidato a presidente de la FIFA y me autorizó a comunicarlo.— Víctor Hugo Morales (@vh590) June 22, 2015
Morales also revealed how he learned of Maradona's intentions, explaining via his Twitter account that after calling the 54-year-old to ask how his sick father was faring, the former international: "Told me he will be a presidential candidate for FIFA and has authorised me to communicate that."
How serious the intentions of Maradona are at this stage, or indeed how successful his bid will be, remains to be seen. Three other iconic ex-players are also prepared to enter the race.
Portuguese legend Luis Figo was an early candidate in the last election, but withdrew after failing to gain enough support. He has suggested he may run again.
One of the favourites is current UEFA chief and iconic former France midfielder, Michel Platini, who lead the anti-Blatter vote at the last election and is a strong favourite to be the next FIFA president.
Former Brazil international Zico, who has also served as a sports minister for his country, has also recently declared he may run for presidency too, and could have powerful backing from the South American federations.
Certainly, Maradona may count on his high profile and support from numerous leading figures in the footballing world, but likewise, his career in the game is one mixed with brilliance and huge controversy. The latter and his outspoken nature, could prove his biggest rival, in any bid to become the most powerful man in football.