Argentine former soccer player Diego Maradona expressed his support to Venezuelan people's decision to reelect President Nicolas Maduro for another six-year term, after attending his campaign's closing ceremony Thursday.
“Yesterday, Venezuela again gave its support to Nicolas Maduro. The Venezuelans that don't want to be invaded, the good Venezuelans, elected him again to continue the legacy of Commander Hugo Chavez. Today Venezuela is free forever,” wrote the soccer star in his Facebook account.
The former national Argentine team coach has been a long-time supporter of the Bolivarian revolution and a fierce critic of neoliberal policies in Latin America.
“I'm very glad Maduro didn't lose, because the United States would have taken over everything, just like they're doing in Argentina, as they're doing in Brazil, and in every country that want to keep its head up.”
Despite critics from the opposition and other detractors, Maradona has remained firm in his support for the Venezuelan government and President Nicolas Maduro.
“And to those who criticize me, I thank you with my soul. They speak from their homes and have the plate full of food everyday. And we're fighting in Venezuela so that plate can be full. I greet the singer, the actress and the ex-soccer player that woke up after a long time. I won't vote for the ones they want,” said Maradona, referring to critics of singer Jose Luis Rodriguez “el Puma” and ex-soccer player Mario Kempes.
“My back is wide enough to hold everything they want to tell me. I send a big hug to all Venezuelans!” he concluded.