A teenager has demanded that Diego Maradona’s body be exhumed to prove that he is the son of the football legend.
Santiago Lara, 19, has fought for years to prove that he is the descendants of the former Naples and Barcelona star.
He asked his lawyer to make the written request for a bomb less than 24 hours after the Argentine footie legend was buried.
Jose Nunez demanded Maradona’s autopsy and DNA results and the exhumation of his body so that it could be transferred to a court morgue.
The lawyer took to Argentine TV to voice his overwhelming demand when his application was filed in a family court in La Plata, the hometown of Santiago, near Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires.
It followed Santiago’s long and frustrating fight to find out who his real father is, which started in 2014 when he was just 13 and saw a magazine cover with Maradona’s face on it and his pixellated underneath.
Santiago, the alleged sixth child of a growing brood that has led to claims that Maradona could play a starting eleven on the football field if he recognized all of his offspring, spoke about his fight for the first time four years ago.
The waitress’s mother, Natalia Garat, died of lung cancer in 2006 at the age of 23 after an alleged seven-year relationship with Diego, who officially has five children, including two of which it took him years to acknowledge them as his.
Natalia’s ex-boyfriend Marcelo Lara raised Santiago as his own son.
The teenager ordered his attorney to take legal action to prove he was Maradona’s son while the retired footballer was alive after unsuccessful attempts to reach an amicable settlement with the star’s legal team.
After Mr. Nunez overnight affirmed the sensational demand for excavation, Santiago told Telemundo program Suelta la Sopa: “My mother unfortunately died when I was only three years old, but days before her death, when she had to remove her ventilator to speak, she told a group of lawyers I was Diego’s son.
‘I just want to know who I am. The financial side of things is not something that matters to me.
“I know this question will cause major unrest in Argentina, but if I don’t, who will give me the DNA?”
His lawyer added in another interview on an Argentinian TV show he attended with a colleague but not Santiago: “We are talking about a young lad who has been left in the dark about who he really is.
“Santiago didn’t come here today because he is suffering emotionally. Not only does he not know who he is, but he also couldn’t say goodbye to his father. “
The four-page document, submitted by Jose Nunez and his partner Juan Benitez, demands the excavation and preservation of Diego Maradona’s body until DNA testing can be performed “so that Santiago Lara can discover his true identity.”