Legendary Argentine Diego Maradona was hired to coach Mexican second division soccer club Dorados, the team announced Thursday, the retired's last foray into management. Maradona's colorful career has included periods as coach of the Argentine national team and a number of clubs around the world, and had just started work as president of the Belarusian team Dinamo Brest in July. But after separating from coach Francisco Ramírez Gamez, Dorados managed to convince Maradona to sign up for a spell in Mexico.
"Dorados de Sinaloa is pleased to announce that Diego Armando Maradona is the new manager of & # 39; Big Fish & # 39;" the club said in a statement.
"Considered by many as the best soccer player of all time, Diego was known in his career as a player by leading teams with guts and fight to bring them to successes that few believed possible," he said.
The club wants Maradona, 57, to stay for the rest of the 2018 season and all of next season, Dorados president Jorgealberto Hank Inzunza told ESPN.
"In my conversations with him he has been very excited to come here as a coach, and honestly, it was easier to convince him than he thought," he said.
The club confirmed for the first time the rumors about the hiring of Maradona with a short video posted online.
"Diego, welcome to Big Fish!" He said a message that accompanies the video.
Los Dorados are currently in 13th place in their 15-team league.
Located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, Sinaloa is home to several famous beach resorts and the drug cartel of the same name, founded by jailed kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
Maradona himself is no stranger to drugs.
He was beaten with two doping bans as a player and has publicly fought against drug addiction, alcoholism and obesity.
Mexico was the scene of its greatest triumph: to take Argentina to the title of the 1986 World Cup.
Two moments during that tournament carefully summed up what made it both controversial and great.
The first was his infamous goal of "the hand of God" in the quarterfinals of Argentina against England, in which he hit the ball in the net to get a point of misfortune.
The second, four minutes later, was an impressive race in which, without anyone's help, he overtook the English defense in its entirety to position himself in what would be voted "the goal of the century".
But Maradona has sometimes had a delicate relationship with Mexico.
He faced the Mexicans in June when he said the country did not deserve to host the 2026 World Cup, which was awarded along with the United States and Canada.