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Maradona set to extend Dubai stay

Argentinean football legend to stay on in $217,800 per month role as sporting ambassador

Maradona set to extend Dubai stay
Argentine legend Diego Maradona (AFP/Getty Images).

Argentinean soccer legend Diego Maradona is to extend his role as a sporting ambassador for Dubai, it was reported.

The 52-year old, who was fired from his role as head coach of local side Al Wasl after just one season in 2012, has recently been linked to jobs in China and Iraq.

According to the Associated Press, on Monday he agreed to extend his stay with Dubai Sports Council. Part of his role has involved travelling around the world raising the profile of sport in the emirate.

For his role he is reportedly paid AED800,000 ($217,800) per month.

Last month, Maradona was awarded 3 million yuan as compensation from three Chinese companies for using his name in an online game without his consent.

A Chinese court awarded the judgement in response to a lawsuit filed by the former Argentina national coach.

The judge at Number One Intermediate People’s Court in Beijing accepted Maradona’s claim that Hot-Blooded Soccer had infringed his image rights by featuring a cartoon of the star and his signature without consent.

The game was developed by The9 Ltd and had been available on web site Sina’s online game platform.

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Saudi Engineer 6 years ago

About 10 million AED/year for "travelling around the world raising the profile of sport in the emirate". I'd do it for just 1 million, and I'm not overweight, or an ex-cocaine addict or an ex-alcoholic.