Diego Armando Maradona “acknowledges as his” the baby being carried by girlfriend Veronica Ojeda, but he said his relationship with her is “at an impasse,” according to a communique released Tuesday through the retired soccer great’s attorney, Victor Stinfale.
Maradona plans to meet with Ojeda when he returns to Argentina, the statement said, though without specifying when that will be.
The former coach of the Argentine national team has two adult daughters by ex-wife Claudia Villafañe: Dalma, 25, and Gianina, 23.
Ojeda, Maradona’s long-time girlfriend, admitted in September that she was pregnant.
The Italian court system also established that Diego Sinagra, 24, is one of Maradona’s offspring, but the soccer icon has not acknowledged that.
“Some years ago Diego Maradona gave almost 1 million euros to Diego Maradona Jr. and to his mother (Cristiana Sinagra) agreeing that they would not speak about Maradona in the media. An agreement that evidently was not complied with and the money was received,” Stinfale said in Tuesday’s statement.
Maradona remains in the United Arab Emirates due to “working conditions,” and according to the statement released by his lawyer he has a contract to act as “Sports Ambassador” in Dubai until June 2013.