Diego Maradona autographs his shirt to help the poor neighborhood of Buenos Aires

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“We will succeed,” wrote the football legend on the shirt in an optimistic message to a country struggling to stop the spread of Covid-19. Argentina is also facing serious economic difficulties as it struggles with debt repayments. the shirt is drawn to raise funds for a popular neighborhood in Buenos Aires.

The lottery will be limited to those who have already donated in an initiative that has collected hygiene products, masks and about 100 kilograms of food for charity.

“Diego can’t even imagine what he’s done for us, it’s priceless. I’ll be grateful to him until the day I die,” said local resident Marta Gutierrez.

Maradona spent her formative years in Buenos Aires playing for Argentinos Juniors and her beloved Boca Juniors before her move to Barcelona in 1982 for a world record high.

The culmination of his career came at the 1986 World Cup, where his individual genius led Argentina to the last prize in world football, beating West Germany 3-2 in the final.

Maradona is the latest football legend to aid charity efforts during the pandemic, with current global superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both making significant donations to hospitals.

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