Diego Armando Maradona, Argentina's most famous soccer player, has responded to criticism from Venezuela opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who criticized the former athlete for supporting the administration of President Nicolas Maduro.
The right-wing politician claimed that Maradona wouldn’t support the leftist government “if he had to live with only 15 dollars a month.” In response, the Argentine soccer star took aim at Capriles while shedding light on his own challenging past.
“Capriles, don't victimize with me. I know very well what it is to live with seven brothers and not have anything to eat. I wish we had had those 15 dollars!” Maradona said in a Facebook post.
“The difference between you and me is that I never sold out.”
Maradona, who helped Argentina win the 1986 FIFA World Cup, also added a photo of his childhood home in Villa Fiorito, one of the poorest areas of Buenos Aires.
Maradona's childhood home in Villa Fiorito, Buenos Aires. | Photo: Facebook / Diego Maradona
“We are Chavistas until death,” Maradona said in a separate Facebook post Tuesday.
“And when Maduro orders, I will act as a soldier for a free Venezuela, to fight against imperialism and those who want to take away our flags, which is the most sacred thing we have.”
Capriles, the current Governor of Miranda, has not only supported ongoing violent protests against the socialist government, but also played a central role in organizing them, as he did in 2014 with the “La Salida” campaign that left over 40 people dead.
For this reason, the right-wing opposition leader is barred from participating in elections for the next 15 years. Capriles ran twice for the presidency, but lost in 2012 to Chavez and in 2013 to Maduro.