“When I was told I asked them to find out well. Because I didn’t want to believe it, I wanted it to be a fake news, false news, false information ”. The emotional reaction of the President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, happened shortly after it was officially confirmed, this Wednesday, November 26, to death of Diego Armando Maradona, one of the best footballers ever and a symbol of the country recognized worldwide.
Throughout his life, “El Pibe” has been recurrently protagonist several false news, including some announcing his death. In others, Maradona was guaranteed to suffer from a serious degenerative disease. Multiple rumors that were rivaling the achievements achieved in the field.
- Health problems, a black screen and false death in Uruguay
Much of the rumors related to Diego Armando Maradona originated from the problems of Cheers of the former Argentine international, especially after he retired from the pitch: overweight was added, in some moments, the consumption of Alcohol and drugs.
In January 2000, Maradona was admitted to a hospital in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in critical condition. Rumors about his death circulated at great speed, as the Argentine newspaper “Perfil” says, and fired when the channel “Crónica TV” held for three minutes the black screen, only with the hour (16h40). For many, it was confirmation that Maradona had died.
Later, according to the fact verification platform “Newtral.es”, the doctor who attended the former Argentine international revealed that “El Pibe” had arrived at the hospital unconscious and in a very serious condition, a clinical picture caused by problems of hypertension and arrhythmia.
Maradona recovered and, two weeks later, traveled to Cuba with the objective of starting a treatment program for dependency of drugs.
- Or fatal accident denied by “El Pibe”
In March 2007, word spread that Maradona had died in a automobile accident – and the rumor even reached media Italians. The news was denied by himself in declarations to “Rádio Del Plata” in Argentina.
“I am very angry. You can’t give news like that. My mother, who is 80 years old, could have had a heart attack”, He told reporters, who assured that the case would not end there.
The former player revealed at the time that even a minister had contacted him to question him about his health. “I don’t know who wants to see me dead to give this news. But I clarify all that I’m more alive than ever”, Finished.
- The rumor that troubled President Kirchner
About a month later, on April 25, 2007, Maradona “died” again. “El Pibe” was interned at the Avril psychiatric clinic in Buenos Aires, when the rumor began to circulate and journalists drove en masse to the door of the health unit. Claudia Villafañe, the player’s ex-wife, came to deny the rumor: “I’m sick of being called to ask if he died. Diego is perfect, there’s nothing.”
At the end of the day, the official clinical statement also guaranteed that the patient was “clinically stable, without complications and complying with the prescribed medical treatment ”.
The rumor caused such concern that the then President of Argentina, Nestor Kirchner, ordered the Minister of Health, Ginés González García, to confirm the veracity of the news.
- Nthe Russian World Cup, the death rumor circulated through WhatsApp
June 26, 2018. Maradona watched it live, in a box at the stadium of Saint Petersburg, Argentina’s victory over Nigeria that qualified the Argentine national team for the round of 16 of the World Cup.
“The Baby” felt times during the match, but did not need hospitalization. Still, two audios circulated on WhatsApp in which it was guaranteed that the former coach had suffered a cardiac arrest and “I couldn’t take it”, despite having been given an “adrenaline injection”.
The rumor was disproved by the daughters Dalma and Gianinna and, again, by Maradona himself. “I want to tell you that I am fine, that I am not, nor was I hospitalized. At the break of the game against Nigeria my neck hurt a lot and I suffered a decompensation”, He said on his personal Instagram account. Later, during the program “De la mano del 10”, he returned to the theme: “Do I look dead?”
During the same competition, it was also said that it had been barred entry of Maradona in one of the Russian stadiums, but the video propagated by social networks showed a safety just indicating that you should move to another door.
- Alzheimer and Covid-19: two more denials
In June 2019, Maradona stopped training the Mexican team Dorados de Sinaloa to stay in Argentina for health reasons, which included operations to a knee and shoulder.
The decision gave rise to several rumors, one of which ensured that the former footballer suffered from Alzheimer. Maradona used his Instragram account to send a message to his fans and ensure that he was in good health: “Hello to all Maradonians, there are many in the country [Argentina], increasingly. Why I went, I went… They talk about Alzheimer’s. They don’t know what the word Alzheimer means, it’s pretty fucked up. People who have Alzheimer’s die. I’m not dying.”
The rumor was also denied by the friend and representative Matías Morla, who asked for “restraint, affection and accompaniment” for the former player and guaranteed that “all the medical examinations carried out showed no evidence”From Alzheimer’s.
In March of this year, the 1986 World Champion also denied being infected with the new coronavirus. “I am very sanitary. I feel very good, we want to win ”, he said, denying rumors that indicated he was in quarantine due to Covid-19, as the Spanish newspaper“ Marca ”says.
- Drinking in Belarus
A video of Maradona allegedly drunk on the roof of a car was disseminated by social networks as an example of the Argentine’s erroneous behavior. According to viral publications, the images had been captured during a visit by the ex-footballer to Belarus, in 2018. The accusation was false: according to the Spanish newspaper “As”, the film was made in 2017, when Maradona was the Naples – city where he achieved some of his greatest professional achievements – to be honored.
- “Persona non grata”
Two years ago, news spread through social media in which it was assured that Maradona had been declared a “persona non grata” by the government of Mauricio Macri, with whom the former player did not have a good relationship. As the Argentine fact-checking website, “Checked”, explains, the information was misleading: such a determination is made through a lei and Congress never passed any identical measure.
- The marriage proposal that didn’t happen
Diego Armando Maradona’s sentimental life also originated several rumors. In 2018, the rumor circulated that the former player had stayed engaged of the girlfriend of the time, Rocío Oliva. According to the “Hoy Corazón” website, the former international for Argentina was quick to deny the information: “They are making a soap opera. I spend my life offering gifts to Rocío. Bvulgari and even Channel, has it all. I think if she puts the jewelry on sale she can buy an apartment in Puerto Madero [ndr: um dos bairros mais valorizados de Buenos Aires].”
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