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Maradona threatens to shut down nightclub if they don’t play more music for him

At 7 a.m., the only thing Maradona needed to do was holding dancing. Sadly, the Buenos Aires nightclub hosting his serious enterprise celebration session was closing up since regular folks have things to do round that time of day. However Maradona does not stand for those kinds of shenanigans, so he pleaded with the proprietor to maintain the beat alive.

Accompanied by his 22-year-outdated fiance, Rocio Olivera, Maradona requested the club proprietor for simply another half hour of sweet party jams. When the proprietor declined, Maradona mentioned, “If you don’t play extra music, I’ll have [Argentina secretary of commerce Guillermo] Moreno shut this place because Moreno is with me and you’ll suck ****.” Unbeknownst to Maradona at the time, he was being filmed whereas he made these threats.

Here he’s balancing a glass of beer on his head in a more satisfying a part of the night…

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Only Mario Balotelli got private time with Pope Francis during Italy-Argentina audience

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Ahead of Wednesday’s friendly between Italy and Argentina dedicated to Buenos Aires-born Pope Francis, the two sides come together to meet the pontiff at the Vatican. But only Mario Balotelli got the chance to speak with him privately.

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From the AP:

One of Italy’s national team members, Mario Balotelli, who is black and has been the target of fans’ racism, was the only player to get private time with the pope. Francis and the striker spoke together in a small room off the sumptuous Clementine Hall where the audience was held.

A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said Balotelli looked ”emotional” after their talk but that the player declined to say what he discussed with Francis. On Monday, Balotelli remarked that perhaps the pope might offer him special greetings because of his birthday this week.

It’s unclear if Pope Francis intended to have this private discussion. According to Football Italia, “Balotelli reportedly got up after the ceremony had concluded and went after the Pope into another room, where they spent several minutes talking privately.” So this could have been Mario seizing the moment.

But what did they discuss that left Balotelli “emotional”? Did the pope bless his new pet pig? Absolve him of that time he threw darts at Man City youth team players? Or maybe they just discussed the upcoming album from Mario’s friend Drake. The world may never know.

As for the other players, Leo Messi and Gigi Buffon presented the pope with a gift that he didn’t seem particularly enthused about.

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But getting to shake the hands attached to the spiritual power that is Andrea Pirlo’s beard was clearly a transcendent moment.

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Maradona accused of kicking photographer in the groin ‘like he was taking a free kick’

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Like the people who run with the bulls in Pamplona, the paparazzi in Argentina continue to tempt fate and risk their fertility by following Maradona around Buenos Aires. In the latest incident, a photographer for a neighborhood superstar journal met the wrath of Maradona’s foot and was worse off for it.

From the AP:

The “Gente” journal photographer Enrique Medina filed a police criticism claiming the 1986 World Cup winner attacked him outside Maradona’s father’s home on Sunday evening.

Medina informed the Associated Press on Monday that Maradona ran at him “like he was taking a free-kick” and kicked him so hard within the groin and higher leg space that he “doubled over in ache”.

This comes two months after Maradona threw stones at photographers who adopted him from the airport and was caught on video kicking one in all them. And again in 1994 he famously acquired a suspended jail sentence of two years and 10 months for shooting an air rifle at journalists.

The lesson here? If you’re going to take pictures of Maradona, be sure to put on a medieval swimsuit of armor while you do it. And if Maradona starts lining up your crotch like he is taking a free kick you might need to move.