Angry Maradona offers reward over 'death' report
Diego Maradona (Getty Images)
Buenos Aires - Diego
Maradona has offered a $10,000 (R140 000) reward to identify the
source of reports he had died after Argentina's Soccer World
Cup match against Nigeria, his lawyer said Thursday.
circulated via WhatsApp voice messages from a man with an Argentine accent,
said the 57-year-old star had been hospitalized and had died of cardiac arrest.
instructions to make public the decision to offer a reward of 300,000 pesos (R140
000) to anyone who can provide true and accurate information about the author
of the audios," lawyer Matias Morla told Argentina's Clarin daily from
The Argentine star
took ill at the end of the match and had to be helped from his seat.
But he denied rumors
of ill health the day after, telling reporters: "I'm perfect. I've never
Morla said Maradona
had suffered "a spike" in blood pressure.
"It's a subject
that at one time alarmed him. It's no secret how he lives through a game. How he
lived them as a player is how he lives them as a fan."
According to Morla,
Maradona shouldn't even have been at the stadium for the second half of the
game, in which a late goal secured Argentina's World Cup.
"The doctors told
him to rest, not to stay for the second-half of the Argentina-Nigeria match,
but asking that of Maradona is like asking a son not to love his mother."
"For Diego, the
team is Dona Tota (his mother), and he will never let her on her own," he
The audio messages
spread on social media after the match.
sisters heard the news, they could not communicate with me nor with their
brother, and one of them suffered a weakness, and the truth is that we cannot
let such an outrage go by," Morla told Clarin.