Report: Maradona to revive playing career at 53 years of age

Feb 23, 4:14 PM

Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla, and Newell's Old Boys...

These are the six clubs that have had the privilege of seeing Diego Maradona take the pitch in their kit.

Now, at 53 years of age, Maradona is reportedly set to honor a seventh club with his iconic No. 10 jersey: Argentine fifth-division side Deportivo Riestra.

According to Yahoo! Sport, the 1986 World Cup winner will be playing for Riestra "within five gameweeks" and will make his debut "around the 23rd of March." Maradona is already part of the club's coaching staff after being hired in August as a "spiritual coach" (the best kind of coach).

You can imagine the kind of buzz this news is generating in Argentina. In fact, as a result of Maradona joining the squad, Riestra are said to be planning a move from their 3,000 seater stadium to the 45,000 seater ground that top-flight champions San Lorenzo use.

So... why is this all happening? A more-than-fair question considering the 53-year-old's health.

Well, apparently, Maradona is reviving his playing career to "help" his friend and legal representative Victor Stinfale. Maradona is currently trying to resolve an outstanding tax debt in Italy, so perhaps this is his way of repaying the man who stands next to him in the courtroom.

Also, big ups to Riestro squad member Victor More, who said "I'll wear whatever" after revealing he'll happily give up his No. 10 shirt for the Argentine legend.