Argentine football legend Diego Armando Maradona and renowned journalist Victor Hugo Morales will be reunited during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where they will front together a television programme analysing the events of the competition.
The show will be transmitted via Venezuelan broadcaster Telesur and, according to Morales, will have a similar tone to political analysis programme “Bajada de Línea”, which he hosts on Canal 9.
“We will have with Diego an analysis programme and it will be a show that mixes the game with politics,” the veteran media figure, who gave a memorable commentary of the 1986 World Cup quarter-final in which Diego Maradona scored two goals against England, said of his latest venture.
“I will be behind whatever Diego does. When they told me about the money I would make I said it seemed great. I believe that when Diego learned what I was going to earn he said he could not work with someone who makes so much less than him, so that was how Diego himself raised my salary,” Morales told Radio Del Plata.
The journalist had previously told followers that he would not be attending the World Cup, due to financial constraints at employers Radio Continental.
For his part, Maradona called the opportunity an “exciting moment” in his life,” adding that “this is how the Commandante [late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez] would have wanted it.”
He also sent a message to the Venezuelan people, speaking out over the recent protests: “From here I say to Venezuelans that we are watching all the lies being told and created by the imperialists. I am willing to become a soldier of Venezuela for whatever lies ahead, because the truth is that these gentlemen, if that can be said of them, already sicken me,” he fired.