Wednesday, January 16th 2013 - 06:15 UTC

Maradona declares devotion to Cristina, as he did to all previous presidents

Diego Maradona came on stage in the United Arab Emirates to defend President Cristina Fernández saying that “all Argentines must be proud of the government we have” and attacked some members of the opposition arguing they “can’t even cook a decent stew”.

The former football star meets with Cristina Fernandez in Abu Dhabi and says Argentines should be proud of her and her government

“Those who criticize the president are the same old ones that were born in a golden cradle and don’t even know how to prepare a decent stew”, said the former football star while participating at a barbeque given by the Argentine diplomatic delegation in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

After the “asado”, Maradona, currently working in Abu Dhabi as Sports Ambassador of the kingdom, visited Cristina Fernández at the Emirate Palace Hotel.

“Being here in the Emirates, one realizes how important the efforts made by Cristina and her administration are”, Maradona said and added: “I can say this because I see how she works on daily basis to make a better country”

To end, Maradona aimed to the opposition and took Deputy and business tycoon Francisco De Narváez as an example of his beliefs.

“He doesn’t even know how to make soup. He just talks about things he never experienced. He’s never suffered the miseries that millions of Argentines went through. They better learn how to prepare a decent stew, only then we can talk”.

However the Buenos Aires media recalled that Maradona who likes to make political and controversial statements, despite his confession of ‘cristinista’ has been a good faithful incumbent with each of the presidents since the return of democracy to Argentina.

In effect he has made statements in support of Nestor Kirchner, Fernando de la Rúa, Carlos Menem and Raul Alfonsin.

His first contact in democracy at Government House was when the celebration from the iconic balconies of Casa Rosada, after having conquered the World Cup of 1986, played in Mexico. He cheered to the crowd next to then President Alfonsin. He was faithful to Alfonsin until his recent death (2009).

“I received the news with great sadness. It was a great impact”, admitted Maradona who recalled how important Alfonsin had been for the return of democracy to Argentina.

In the nineties Maradona became close to Carlos Menem and dedicated his biography “I am Diego” to the president and in an interview said that if Menem asked him he would willingly accompany him in the presidential re-election ticket.

Maradona in the book full of anecdotes mentions that in 1995 he was invited to see a major league soccer match at the Olivos presidential residence. Two days later he was back with his family.

“Menem helped me when I was going through a bad moment. He never asked anything in exchange. I went to see him when the tragedy of the death of his son Carlitos in March 1995. I wanted to support him, to show I cared for him. Later when in 1999 the ruling Peronist party lost the elections “I also went to see him; I felt I should show the man I cared for him and his open attitude”.

But in 1999 when De la Rúa was running for president with the opposition Alliance, Maradona was also around. “He’s a very trustful man. Between (Eduardo) Duhalde and De la Rúa everybody knows whom I choose. Of that couple I prefer ‘chupete’ (De la Rúa)” he said from Italy in November 1998.

However in July 2001 he changed teams when from Havana where he was undergoing treatment for drugs he recommended De la Rúa “to wake up from the siesta”. He said “I’m telling the ‘prezz’ to wake up. People need you, I know you are capable but the siesta is over”.

Maradona was close to Nestor Kirchner from the very beginning in May 2003. He met several times with him and with Cristina Fernandez and in one of those occasions he visited the Olivos residence to receive government’s support after having been sacked as manager of the Argentine national team.

He was present at the funeral of Nestor Kirchner October 2010 and at all moments supported the government of Cristina Fernandez. But he has also been a close friend of Mauricio Macri the conservative mayor of Buenos Aires City, an ‘electoral enemy’ of Cristina Fernandez. Macri for several years was president of Boca Juniors, the most popular football team in Argentina and for which Maradona played.

And if there were any doubts about his current devotion to ‘cristinismo’ during the barbecue in Abu Dhabi he had a picture taken with ministers holding a flag condemning the Clarin group, which is currently in an ongoing legal battle with Cristina Fernandez over the media law tailored to dismember the powerful group

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1 Boovis (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 06:59 am Report abuse
In a democracy, following your leader or supporting them is only presumed if you actually support their viewpoints and policies. To support a leader blindly, irrelevant of their policies, just makes you a sycophant and a malleable lapdog. He's pretty pathetic.
Viva La Junta, indeed.
2 Anglotino (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 07:08 am Report abuse
Someone likes to stay in the spotlight!

I'm sure the next president will find he is devoted to them too.

As for knowing how to make soup..... well we all know who knows how to eat it, that's for sure.
3 toooldtodieyoung (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 07:20 am Report abuse
look at them both!!! cheats always stick together...

Then again, that is exactly what they are.... cheats!!
4 ElaineB (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 09:29 am Report abuse
Who honestly cares what a fat, cheating, drug addict, who can't hold down a job without having a hissy fit and flouncing off, thinks about anything? Did he think before attacking the rich when he was standing next to one of the richest women in Argentina? He is ten IQ points short of a moron.
5 Rufus (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 09:38 am Report abuse
“All hail [insert name here]”

Oh dear...
6 Shed-time (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 09:57 am Report abuse
Has he paid his debts (taxes in italy) yet? Has she paid her debts yet? What do these two have to celebrate other than hiding from their debts?
7 ElaineB (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 11:35 am Report abuse
I am not sure if he paid his debts in Italy. The last time he visited they stopped him at the airport and confiscated the diamond earrings he was wearing in lieu of payment . They have so much in common; both dodging the bailiffs; both an embarrassment to Argentina.
8 Gordo1 (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 12:20 pm Report abuse
Clarín, when reporting this item, also carried another piece about Maradona. He is alleged to have said that he would not be returning to Argentina because “ es una mierda”.

9 Steveu (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 01:10 pm Report abuse
Such support is not to be sniffed at - or should I say “snorted”
10 ElaineB (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 01:15 pm Report abuse
He was just there for the free food.
11 Shed-time (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 01:24 pm Report abuse
And now for a parable about a man who had to 'Sing for his dinner'
12 Britworker (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 01:38 pm Report abuse
Yawn, thought he was dead?
13 Britninja (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 02:09 pm Report abuse
Did he win the pie-eating contest against Maximo?
14 Conqueror (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 03:00 pm Report abuse
One bit of lying, thieving, cheating scum-shit supporting another! No news here.
15 andy65 (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 03:29 pm Report abuse
What a wonderful endorsement-would you really want this THING sat at your side singing your praises???
16 Optimus_Princeps (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 05:59 pm Report abuse
@10 It works for the La Campora scumbags.
17 Shed-time (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 06:41 pm Report abuse
@16 did la campora give him one of those Buy-a-vote bags as a take-away following the clarin witch hunt photo?
18 briton (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 07:59 pm Report abuse
twit , twot , and twat.
the crooked hand of ?O? rises again,
19 Terence Hill (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 11:10 pm Report abuse
A liar and a cheat, now there's a marriage made in heaven.
20 briton (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 11:41 pm Report abuse
Caesar once said,
Friends who stab you in the back can never be trusted,
A pity then he never took his own advice,

CFK and the Argentina government cannot be trusted.

[ extra extra extra,]]
HMS Queen Elizabeth’s forward island,
Ready to sail from Portsmouth to Rosyth

.please enjoy,
CFK and Marydoonakebab ...
21 Pirat-Hunter (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 11:50 pm Report abuse
We Argetines love CFK because she knows how to deal with pirates. We support her 100% because she doesn't murder other presidents nor does she murder innocent Muslim women and children, like some people, do you all know who some people is? Well you all know who some people is right?
22 commonsparrow (#) Jan 17th, 2013 - 01:43 am Report abuse
He'll do fine in Iraq.
23 Musky (#) Jan 17th, 2013 - 06:46 am Report abuse
You love her because she does not recognise human rights of islanders or indigenous americans. Because she steals foreign companies, insults britaon and her war dead. Because she falsifies her nations financial status and lets militant groups attack shipping offices. She's a nasty bunny boiler.
24 Gordo1 (#) Jan 17th, 2013 - 10:30 am Report abuse
Pirat Hunter - La Kretina allows the indigenous peoples of the stolen territory of Argentina to be murdered for racial reasons, she permits people to starve to death because they just do not have any money to buy food, she steals and robs from the Argentine people amongst other things.

She also perpetuates the lies and fairy stories about the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands - but then she is a paragon of virtue, isn't she?
25 Mendoza Canadian (#) Jan 17th, 2013 - 10:38 am Report abuse
Pirat...We support her 100% because she doesn't murder other presidents nor does she murder innocent Muslim women and children, like some people, do ...and she could give a rats ass about the Argentinians who were killed in the Amia bombing in BsAs.
26 andy65 (#) Jan 17th, 2013 - 12:06 pm Report abuse
ALLL Argentines are scumbags murderers you kill eachother throw eachother from planes

27 British_Kirchnerist (#) Jan 17th, 2013 - 01:57 pm Report abuse
While I don't like Menem because of his neoliberalism, it seems Maradonna's personal reasons for backing him are sound. And politically he was never a full supporter as he didn't back his party's candidate in 1998, as the article says. And while the article mentions ALL previous Presidents, the only quotes it can find on President Duhalde are negative, and indeed the only support he seems to have given President de la Rua was to prefer him over Duhalde! So not quite the unthinking nationalist steryotypicla Argie the title might have suggested! And great to hear him coming out against Clarin =) Lovely picture of Cristina btw =)
28 briton (#) Jan 17th, 2013 - 07:50 pm Report abuse
21 Pirat-Hunter
She doesn't murder other presidents like the British,

[Name One]

29 surfer (#) Jan 17th, 2013 - 11:19 pm Report abuse
How can people like BK and PH be so proud to be such unquestioning sycophants. Perhaps because their savings are in sterling and dollars...

Especially BK with his/her skin crawling, drooling devotion to the Argentine President, not healthy at all.
30 GeoffWard2 (#) Jan 18th, 2013 - 10:02 pm Report abuse
Muslim UAE
- even Maradona could not use a Muslim country to declare Cristina as the Daughter of God, Defender of the True Faith, and the Inheritor of Chavenzian Bolivarism.

The game of Iconism is unfolding ...
31 British_Kirchnerist (#) Jan 25th, 2013 - 11:50 pm Report abuse
#28 Maybe he meant the US...

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