If Diego Maradona is serious about running for the FIFA presidency, he still has a lot of work to do just to get on the ballot.
The former Argentina football star with a history of on- and-off-the field controversy would need to pass an integrity check and persuade five of FIFA’s member associations to nominate him.
Maradona’s desire to run for FIFA’s top job was reported by Victor Hugo Morales, a journalist close to the retired great.
Morales, who hosts a show on the regional network Telesur, said on Twitter that Maradona told him he plans to be candidate.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced this month that he would be stepping down — four days after being elected for a fifth term — amid a U.S. probe into $150 million in bribes allegedly paid to top football officials.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro immediately called for Maradona to replace him.
Maradona has been a high-profile supporter of Venezuela’s socialist government and a sharp critic of corruption in football.
Maradona’s long list of provocative incidents would seem to go against the image that football’s world governing body will want to embrace as it digs out from its worst scandal.