Legendary football player Diego Maradona admitted during his lifetime that Russian President Vladimir Putin is his idol.

Maradona, being a bright personality, was famous for his game and his famous friends. One of them was the Cuban leader Fidel Castro, whom the athlete called “second father.” Once Maradona admitted that next to Castro’s portrait in his house hangs a Russian president’s photo.

“Putin is a phenomenon. After Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, Putin and Daniel Ortega and Evo Morales represent the so-called top League. Putin is a man who can bring peace to many on this planet,” the football player said in an interview in 2017.

A little later, the Argentine posted a joint photo with Putin on the social network, noting that he was delighted to communicate with him. The footballer posed next to the Russian leader, surrounded by ex-defender of the Spanish national team Carles Puyol, FIFA head Giani Infantino and former forward of the Cameroonian national team Samuel Eto’o.

Once again, the Argentine supported Putin on October 30 this year. He said that he trusts the Russian President and believes in the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.