‘The nephew of God’ – Meet the Maradona relative starring for River Plate
Over the years Diego Maradona has forged and broken a bewildering array of friendships, relationships and animosities. In the Argentine football legend's world there is never more than a short jump between love and hatred, with public conflicts and reconciliation an almost daily occurrence.
Throughout his volatile life story, however, there has always been one constant: his love for Boca Juniors. One can only imagine, then, what Diego must feel upon seeing a member of his huge extended family lining up for the enemy.
Hernan Lopez, 18, made his bow for River Plate at the weekend and immediately endeared himself to fans with a late goal off the bench against Tigre. But Lopez is not just any old teenage hopeful: he is the 1986 World Cup winner's great-nephew and the latest in the Maradona dynasty to try and make his mark in the football world.