Diego Maradona says he has been clean from drugs for almost 12 years in a video shared on his Facebook page
Argentine legend Diego Maradona has revealed he has been clean from drugs for almost 12 years.
Maradona allegedly began using cocaine in Barcelona in 1983 and got addicted to during his days at Napoli which resulted in a 15-month ban which ultimately led to his departure in 1992.
Maradona was expelled from the FIFA World Cup in 1994 after he failed a drug test which uncovered ephedrine, a weight loss drug, in his blood.
The drug use began to interfere with his ability to play football and over the years following his retirement his health seriously deteriorated.
Maradona who recently lost his dad, has however revealed that he has been off drugs for 12 years via a video released on his Facebook page.
The 54-year-old in the video says he has “chosen to live life for my daughters, grandchildren and those still to come”.
Maradona, in the video also gives viewers a guided tour of his house in Dubai which shows photos of him with the former Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro who he calls the 'the greatest man'.
“I think there is nothing more to prove. I think my environment is my people. I’m about to be 12 years clean from drugs because it does not let me wake up every morning the way I do today. I have chosen to live life for my daughters, grandchildren and those still to come. And be careful, I still haven’t closed the factory,” Maradona says in the video.
Also in the video, the 1986 World Cup winner took a swipe at his ex-wife, Claudia Villafane, whom he accused of stealing $9m from him.
“Diego doesn’t ruin anybody, I only called the professionals to recover what’s mine, I didn’t rob a bank,” he added before signing off.
Watch the video below: