Caracas: Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona renewed his contract with Venezuelan television station Telesur, which in April had invited him to be a commentator during the World Cup in Brazil, the station said on its website.
Maradona will also star in a movie that Telesur is preparing about the show "De Zurda" or "From the Left", which he hosted in collaboration with Uruguayan journalist Victor Hugo Morales during this year`s soccer championship.
Maradona visited Venezuela last week and appeared at an official event alongside President Nicolas Maduro, who replaced late socialist leader Hugo Chavez after the latter`s death in 2013. Chavez and Maradona, who shared leftist politics and opposition to U.S. foreign policy, were friends.
Maradona was a star of the Argentine Boca Juniors team, and later a prominent player for Barcelona in Spain and Napoli in Italy. He led the Argentine national team to victory in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
Before becoming a commentator on Telesur, Maradona had been the coach of Argentina`s national squad and had a television show in Argentina.
Telesur is a regional station based in Caracas that was created by the late Chavez.