Diego Maradona is widely regarded as the best footballer of all time, and his antics both on and off the pitch made him one of the most controversial characters of all time.

But after news of his death broke, his final act of kindness to help those who have struggled during the Covid pandemic has come to light.

He teamed up with the Argentine Red Cross to launch a fundraising project – Las 10 del 10 – to provide food and carry out infrastructure in 10 of the country’s cities.

He wrote messages on 10 shirts which were due to be raffled off to mark his 60th birthday.

He announced the new project on social media in October.

Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona has passed away at the age of 60

He shared a video alongside the caption: “I have the honor to announce that on October 30, my birthday, the solidarity campaign “Las Diez del 10” will start.

“That day we will be in Villa Palito, together with @CruzRojaArg, @ Diego.Tipping and the deputy @NicolasRodriguezSaa, to deliver three trucks full of hygiene items, gel alcohol, bleach and mask.

“And we are going to wire and close the paddock that bears the name of Father Bachi, so that the girls and boys can play in peace and shelter.

He signed 10 shirts for the fundraising project

“In addition, thanks to the National Sports Secretariat, we are going to be opening two sports schools, which will give work to many and many teachers.

“Unfortunately, because of this cursed virus, I will not be able to be.

“But in my place will be my ambassador and friend, @MatiasMorlaOK who will represent me like no one else, because he was from the beginning with this campaign.

The project ran with the Red Cross

“For those who want to participate in the draw for my shirt, I leave the link in my biography: http://dona.cruzroja.org.ar

“I’m very happy. Come on Argentina, this game has just begun!”

Maradona passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Argentina, where the president has declared there will now be three days of national mourning.

Just days before his death, the World Cup winner gave what would become his final interview to Argentinian newspaper Clarin.

Asked if he had any regrets from his life, he said: “I went and I am very happy.

“Soccer gave me everything I have, more than I ever imagined. And if I hadn’t had that addiction, I could have played a lot more.

“But today that is past, I am fine and what I regret the most is not having my parents. I always make that wish, one more day with Tota but I know that from heaven she is proud of me and that she was very happy.”



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