Maradona breaks down during interview

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

Former Argentina football captain Diego Maradona broke down in tears during a television interview in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

Buenos Aires:

Former Argentina football captain Diego Maradona broke down in tears during a television interview in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, as he talked about his frustrations over his treatment for cocaine addiction. The 43-year-old former Argentina football captain said he felt he was old enough and had the decision-making power to know what to do with his life. Maradona is fighting to obtain a judge's permission to leave his native Argentina and resume treatment for cocaine addiction in Cuba. Losing battle The former World Cup winner, who led Argentina to victory in Mexico in 1986, said he felt like he was losing his battle with the judge. Maradona said he first tried drugs in 1982, when his football career was at its peak. On August 19, a Mexican newspaper published photographs of Maradona allegedly snorting cocaine in a drug rehabilitation clinic in Cuba. Maradona, an admitted cocaine addict, has been receiving drug treatment in Buenos Aires since early May, after he was rushed twice to a clinic for heart and lung problems. He is prohibited from abandoning his rehab program after several family members sought a legal injunction preventing him from leaving Argentina without their consent. Maradona's former wife and parents have reportedly urged him to remain at home, but he and his medical team have expressed interest in continuing his treatment in Cuba or Switzerland. Maradona retired from football in 1997, and in 2000, FIFA chose him and Brazil's Pele as the two greatest players in soccer history. (AP)

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