Diego Maradona is unhappy with an Argentine author and theatre director who has employed his daughter.
Jose Maria Muscari’s latest play is entitled Familia de Mujeres (Family of Women). It revolves around a young woman who dreams every night that “a good striker will fall in love with me and take me to live in Dubai”.
The protagonist, Lana, is played by Dalma Maradona, Diego’s 26-year-old offspring.
Muscari, 37, told Brazil’s Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper “there is no one better than her for this role, a person who understands everything in the world of groupies”.
Midway through the show the plot takes a twist when Lana’s mother explains that her daughter wants to be a footballer’s wife and reveals Lana’s father is a famous player. Naturally, the audience assumes the father in question is Diego Maradona.
“She is Pele’s daughter!” the mother explains. “We spent a night together and I got pregnant from him. Lana is the unacknowledged daughter of Pele!”
While the audience found it funny one man did not.
“Dalma has very good sense of humour,” Muscari said. “When I told her the character would be Pele’s daughter, she laughed and accepted it right on the spot. [Diego] didn’t show up to watch it, but Dalma told me he didn’t like it and said that when he comes he will kill me.”
When the current run finishes in March, Dalma Maradona is then expected to fly to Dubai where she will help produce The Victorious, a reality TV show that aims to discover Arab football talent and in which Diego will be a judge. Expect some fireworks.