Argentina legend, Diego Maradona arrived in Belarus on Monday to take up the job of the president of the country’s first division club, Dinamo Brest.
Maradona insisted that his new role was “very serious” and said he hoped his presence would help the country’s sport “get better every day.”
The World Cup winner also expressed a wish to meet authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
He told reporters, “I have very good memories of Fidel Castro, (Hugo) Chavez and ( Moamer) Kadhafi and I also know Putin.”
He added at the press conference, “Now I want to do a photograph with Lukashenko.
“I hope after that he will become our fan,” he added, speaking Spanish in translated comments.
“When I was small, I had no shoes and I walked barefoot. So I’m not afraid of snow. I can live in Belarus without any problems.
Dinamo Brest are sixth in the table just before the halfway point in the Belarusian league season.
Maradona added, “We’ll try to create a team that will battle for the best places.”