Diego Maradona: Personal life, wife and children of Argentine legend

Diego Maradona: Personal life, wife and children of Argentine legend

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:41 PM

- Diego Maradona was not short of controversies off the pitch, with his personal life reflecting his football antics

- Claudia Villafané was Maradona's first and only official wife but they divorced in 2004 after a 20-year marriage

- The couple had two daughters together namely Salma Nerea and Gianinna Dinorah

- Rocio Oliva and Veronica Ojeda are the other two women involved in the Argentine's life

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Curtains fell on Diego Maradona on Wednesday, November 25, after he suffered a cardiac arrest, with his death being confirmed by Argentine FA through the federation's president Claudio Tapia.

Diego Maradona: Personal life, wife and children
Diego Maradona was not short of controversies off the pitch, with his personal life reflecting his football antics. Photo by David Cannon.
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TUKO.co.ke reported Maradona's death came just days after he was discharged from the hospital following successful brain surgery.

The 60-year-old enjoyed a glittering football career that spanned more than two decades, turning out for a number of clubs including Barcelona, Napoli and Boca Juniors.

But just like his football career, his personal life away from the pitch was also littered with a number of controversies.

Who was Diego Maradona married to?

Maradona was married to his first and only wife, Claudia Villafané, who he wed in Buenos Aires, with the pair said to have met when she was just 17.

The couple was married for more than 20 years but divorced in 2004 under unclear circumstances.

Despite the divorce, the two remained on good terms and often went on trips together.

Whereas Claudia is the only wife Maradona is believed to have had, the football legend was involved in a string of affairs.

While the ex-footie did not remarry after his split with Claudia, SunSport reports his last affair with any woman was with Rocio Oliva who is 30 years her junior.

Maradona and Oliva are thought to have fallen in love when they met back in 2012.

The pair got engaged two years later in a lavish party held at a posh hotel in Italy.

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Initially, the union proved to be a fine match as Oliva was a former footballer with a number of clubs in Argentina.

However, they broke up in 2018, with Maradona reportedly kicking her out of a house he had bought her.

Apart from Oliva and Claudia, Christina Sinagra and Veronica Ojeda are the other women Maradona is believed to have had in his life.

He had a son with each of the two women, with the former Argentina head coach reportedly dumping Ojeda for Oliva while the PE teacher was pregnant for him.

How many children did Diego Maradona have?

From his first marriage, the Argentine had two daughters; Salma Nerea and Gianinna Dinorah, who was married to Man City star Sergio Aguero at one time.

The World Cup winner initially denied having any children out of wedlock but in 2019, he was forced to admit he was the biological father of eight children.

Diego Sinagra Junior, who currently plays football in Italy and Jana, are among the children Maradona admitted to have sired.

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