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Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona has confirmed paternity of three children born in Cuba in addition to the five he has previously recognised, his lawyer announced Friday.

“Maradona has three children in Cuba, with whom he’s in contact,” Matias Morla told Argentina’s Canal Trece.

Confirming paternity would mean the 58-year-old former World Cup winner and paternity-suit veteran has fathered eight children officially.

“Three more and you’ll have a team of 11. Come on, you can do it!” said his daughter Giannina, 29, greeting the news on Instagram.

Both she and her sister Dalma, 31, are estranged from the footballer — siding with their mother Claudia Villafane in a court battle that followed the breakup of their 1984-2003 marriage.

Morla said Maradona would not contest the latest paternity suit in Cuba, where the footballer intermittently underwent treatment for cocaine addiction between 2000-2005.

“To date, they haven’t been recognized but Diego is going to take responsibility for what he has to take responsibility for,” the lawyer said.44

**AFP


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