The death of iconic footballer, Diego Amando Maradona has continued to bring up some controversies. While some people are fighting over his inheritance, a teenager, Santiago Lara has claimed that he is Maradona’s lovechild.
The teenager is therefore demanding that the football great’s body be dug up for DNA tests to prove his case.
19-year-old Lara has therefore instructed his lawyer, Jose Nunez to make the appeal less than 24 hours after the Naples and Barcelona star was buried.
In a written request lodged with a family court in Santiago’s home city of La Plata, an hour’s drive south of Buenos Aires, Nunez is demanding Maradona’s autopsy, DNA results, and the exhumation of his body so it can be transferred to a court morgue.
Maradona: Legend’s offsprings continue to spring up after Lara wants a DNA
This is the first time Lara, the supposed sixth child of a growing group of offspring will speak.
Maradona‘s daughter had previously joked that the icon could make up a starting eleven. The teenager’s mother, Natalia Garat, a waitress died aged 23 from lung cancer in 2006 following an alleged seven-year on-off relationship with the 1986 world cup winner. Maradona officially has five children including two he took years to recognize as his.
Meanwhile, Natalia’s ex-boyfriend, Marcelo Lara, raised Santiago as his own son. According to the son, several attempts were made to reach the retired footballer when he was alive to reach an amicable settlement with the star’s legal team.
“My mum sadly died when I was just three years old but days before her death, when she had to remove her ventilator to speak, she told a group of lawyers I was Diego’s son.
“I just want to know who I am. The financial side of things is not something that matters to me. I know this demand is going to cause major turmoil in Argentina but if I don’t do this, who is going to give me the DNA?,” Santiago told Telemundo programme Suelta la Sopa.
His lawyer in another interview on an Argentinian TV added the suit is about a young lad who has been left in the dark about who he really is.