Diego Maradona Is Harvard University's Guest SpeakerBy Chris Brandt, UniversityHerald Reporter
Football legend Diego Maradona is going to Harvard University but not as a student. This will be the first time the football player will set foot on United States soil again after a 22-year ban.
Maradona revealed on his official Facebook page that Harvard has invited him as a guest speaker to one of their courses related to football. The course, The Global Game: Soccer, Politics, and Popular Culture, will be offered during the Spring semester of 2017. His talk will supplement the lectures that have been given about the different aspects of soccer including its aesthetics, history, and sociology.
The invitation letter, which was posted on Facebook, called Maradona as the best player in football history and all for a good reason. Maradona is one of the most talented technicians of the sport with dribbling skills that baffle both his teammates and opponents. Despite smaller in size, Maradona used it to his advantage to easily dodge his opponents.
Some of the highlights of his career include leading Argentina in winning the 1986 World Cup and Napoli to the Serie A championship in 1987 and 1990. However, his brilliance was banned from entering the United States in 1994 after being tested positive for cocaine use.
It was not the first time for Maradona to speak at a prestigious university. In 1995, he gave a speech at Oxford talking about his life growing up and discovering soccer. At that time, he was also pushing the idea of creating a union for soccer players.
Aside from giving a lecture at Harvard University, Maradona is reportedly going to pursue a lawsuit he filed against his ex-wife Claudia Villafane, whom he accused of stealing $9 million from his bank account.
Maradona has been working closely with FIFA president Gianni Infantino. There are reports that once he settles his €39 million tax bill, he will have a top position waiting for him at his former club, Napoli.