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Diego Maradona meets Valderrama and 2018 World Cup mascot – Daily Mail

Daniel Matthews For Mailonline

Diego Maradona bumped into Colombia legend Carlos Valderrama and the official mascot for the 2018 Russia World Cup ahead of the 67th FIFA Congress.

The former Argentina captain and manager has recently made his return to management, taking over at Al-Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates

And on Tuesday, the 56-year-old met Valderrama — a former Colombia international famed for his golden afro — before the congress in Bahrain.

Diego Maradona greets former Colombia international midfielder Carlos Valderrama

Diego Maradona greets former Colombia international midfielder Carlos Valderrama

Diego Maradona greets former Colombia international midfielder Carlos Valderrama

Maradona has recently returned to management with UAE second-division side Al-Fujairah

Maradona has recently returned to management with UAE second-division side Al-Fujairah

Maradona has recently returned to management with UAE second-division side Al-Fujairah

The former Argentina captain alongside Zabivaka, the official mascot for the 2018 World Cup

The former Argentina captain alongside Zabivaka, the official mascot for the 2018 World Cup

The former Argentina captain alongside Zabivaka, the official mascot for the 2018 World Cup

The wolf, wearing the country's colours, was created by student designer Ekaterina Bocharova

The wolf, wearing the country's colours, was created by student designer Ekaterina Bocharova

The wolf, wearing the country’s colours, was created by student designer Ekaterina Bocharova

The Argentina legend — who won the World Cup as a player in 1986 — also posed for photos alongside Zabivaka, the official mascot for next year’s tournament in Russia.

The wolf, wearing the country’s colours, was created by student designer Ekaterina Bocharova and chosen following a lengthy selection process in Russia.

Bocharova reportedly beat off 50,000 competitors, with her design receiving 53 per cent of the votes. A tiger (27 per cent) and a cat (20 per cent) made up the final three in a process that attracted more than one million votes.

Maradona, meanwhile, is back managing in the middle east for the first time since being sacked by Dubai’s Al-Wasl in 2012. 

And the former forward showed off his footballing skills when he was unveiled as the new coach of the UAE second division side on Monday.

Maradona enjoys a game of football with some children at a shopping centre in Manama

Maradona enjoys a game of football with some children at a shopping centre in Manama

Maradona enjoys a game of football with some children at a shopping centre in Manama

The former Argentina international was taking part in a grass roots football session in Bahrain

The former Argentina international was taking part in a grass roots football session in Bahrain

The former Argentina international was taking part in a grass roots football session in Bahrain

Ex-Barcelona and Brazil forward Ronaldinho signed autographs for supporters at the event

Ex-Barcelona and Brazil forward Ronaldinho signed autographs for supporters at the event

Ex-Barcelona and Brazil forward Ronaldinho signed autographs for supporters at the event

Ronaldinho, who won the World Cup in 2002, poses with Zabivaka ahead of the FIFA Congress

Ronaldinho, who won the World Cup in 2002, poses with Zabivaka ahead of the FIFA Congress

Ronaldinho, who won the World Cup in 2002, poses with Zabivaka ahead of the FIFA Congress

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