Diego Maradona has denied claims by his daughter that he is “dying from the inside” and told his family he will not be leaving them any of his fortunes when he passes away.
According to skysports.com, the Argentine said he wanted to tell people he was “not dying at all, that I sleep peacefully because I am working”.
Referring to his daughter Giannina’s concerns about his health, the 59-year-old said he did not know what she “meant to say or what she had interpreted”, suggesting her words may have been misunderstood.
The football legend added: “As you get older, people worry more about what you’re going to leave behind than what you’re doing.
“And I tell everyone that I am not leaving them anything, that I am going to donate it. All I earned during my life, I’m going to donate it.
“For now”, he insisted, “I am very healthy, very healthy”.
Gianinna Maradona, 30, the former wife of Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, voiced concerns about her father’s health last week on social media.
She wrote: “He is not dying because his body has decided so, he is getting killed from the inside and does not realise it.
“I do not believe in the parameters of normal, but that is far from the reality of what he deserves. Pray for him. Please! Thank you!”
Local media reported “he” in the cryptic message was her father, who has publicly had recent health problems including knee surgery in July.
The World Cup winner, who is the current coach of Argentinian side Gimnasia La Plata, has also had a long battle with drink and drugs in the past.