Diego Maradona has opened up on Argentina’s World Cup exit and has insisted that he would have no problem returning to Argentina to coach.
The 57-year-old great was in the stands as Jorge Sampaoli’s side slipped to a 4-3 defeat against France in the round of 16 and said his energetic demeanour at the game did not reflect his feelings about the outcome of the match. Argentina reached the World Cup quarter-finals in 2010 with Maradona at the helm and he expressed his desire to take the job again in an appearance on Venezuelan TV network Telesur.
“Yes and I would do it for free, I would not ask for anything in return,” said Maradona.
When asked about his depiction in the media, he added: “They think I’m happy but my heart hurts. I wish God gave me the strength to return to the field. The years and life go on for everyone and I get to 57 years of age watching my team beaten by a team that I do not think is one of the best at the World Cup. It makes me feel bad – everything we built with much effort was destroyed very easily.”