Maradona in China: when Deng Xiaoping invited him to play in Beijing and footballer turned the Chinese leader down

Diego Maradona attends a charity football match at the Jinan Olympic Sports Centre on November 5, 2010 in Jinan, China. He was a frequent visitor to the country, but turned down an offer in 1987 from Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping to play there, according to former Italian prime minister Romano Prodi. Photo: Getty Images Diego Maradona attends a charity football match at the Jinan Olympic Sports Centre on November 5, 2010 in Jinan, China. He was a frequent visitor to the country, but turned down an offer in 1987 from Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping to play there, according to former Italian prime minister Romano Prodi. Photo: Getty Images

Diego Maradona attends a charity football match at the Jinan Olympic Sports Centre on November 5, 2010 in Jinan, China. He was a frequent visitor to the country, but turned down an offer in 1987 from Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping to play there, according to former Italian prime minister Romano Prodi. Photo: Getty Images

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