AMERICAN CELEBRITY WEARING A SOCCER JERSEY of the WEEK
Photo subject: Intimidating, awesome, scary, public enemy #1, redeemed, maturing, idiotic, childish, enlightened, jovial, self-deprecating, articulate (Depending on the current narrative). Powerful and captivating at all times, however.
Where to find him: The limelight; Headlines; Tabloids
Team: Argentina National Team, La Albiceleste, two-time World Cup champions (1978 and 1986) and 14-time Copa América champions.
Player represented: Diego Maradona or, as he is commonly known in Argentina, “God.” Maradona, one of the greatest players ever, scored some of the most beautiful and notorious goals of all time. Today, Maradona is literally idolized:
The face of his own idol, fellow Argentine Che Guevara, is tattooed on his right shoulder.
American connection(s): A staunch leftist and friend of Fidel Castro, Maradona appeared at a protest outside the 2005 Summit of the Americas wearing a t-shirt that read “STOP BUSH” with the S in ‘STOP’ a swastika. In 2007, he appeared on Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s daily radio show and decried the United States, claiming he “hate[s] everything that comes from the United States.” Except, of course, Mike Tyson, to whom he sent this autographed jersey that reads “To Mike, With Love. Diego”
The Brooklyn-born Tyson was the youngest heavyweight champion of the world and maintained the title until a surprise upset to Buster Douglas in 1990 triggered a series of catastrophes in his life. He was convicted of rape, attempted a number of failed comebacks, publicly embarrassed himself in and out of the ring, declared bankruptcy and divorced twice. But in true American fashion, Tyson has received third, fourth and fifth chances and is now seemingly calm and content.