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Diego Maradona acknowledges baby 'Dieguito' 'won't lack for anything'

02/15/2013 08:16 EST | Updated 04/17/2013 05:12 EDT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentine football great Diego Maradona says the baby born to his former partner earlier this week — named Diego Fernando at birth — "won't lack for anything."

Maradona was criticized because he was away in Dubai when Veronica Ojeda gave birth on Wednesday in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

He acknowledged Friday in a statement that he is the father of the baby being referred to in Argentina as "Dieguito" — Little Diego.

The child is the fifth known to be fathered by the 52-year-old Maradona. He has two daughters from his marriage with Claudia Vallafane — Dalma and Giannina. The Argentine football great has two other children he has never recognized as his, although courts in paternity cases have ruled he's the father.

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