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Maradona feels the love for Argentinean players

Diego Maradona believes a passionate love of his team can help Argentina lift the World Cup – but he’ll always be a ladies’ man. After Argentina demolished South Korea 4-1 to move closer to the last 16 on Thursday, Maradona turned wide-eyed and left no doubt as to his thoughts on the matter. «I prefer women. I am dating Veronica, she is 31 years old, she is blond, she is beautiful,» he said, causing an outburst of laughter at the post-match news conference. His Argentina side tore apart South Korea in Group B with Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain scoring a hat trick and midfield maestro Lionel Messi playing a part in all three of his goals. Maradona, 49, heaped praise on his side and said he makes sure all 23 of his «tough guys» are physically and mentally ready before each game, taking time to listen to their problems. «I am grateful to the players for the job they do, but that is it,» said the former midfield magician. (AFP)