The big controversy emerging in the world of football is from the disturbing claims made by Mavys Alvarez, a Cuban woman who has accused the late legendary footballer Diego Maradona of raping her as a minor. Notably, she was in a relationship with the Argentine legend but revealed that he had forced himself upon her and "stolen her childhood."
Alvarez, now 37, made her statement in testimony to an Argentine Ministry of Justice court that is investigating her allegations of trafficking against her. The investigation is linked to events that had unfolded when she was 16-year-old.
All my innocence was stolen from me: Alvarez
Notably, Maradona, widely considered one of the world's greatest football players, breathed his last in November 2020. The complaint relates to a journey that Alvarez had taken to Argentina with Maradona dating back to 2001. At this time, the footballer was around 40-year-old while the woman in question was 16.
"He covers my mouth, he rapes me, I don’t want to think about it too much," Álvarez said in her statement as quoted in a Reuters report.
"I stopped being a girl, all my innocence was stolen from me. It’s hard. You stop living the innocent things that a girl of that age has to experience," she added.
"My family would never have accepted it if the Cuban government had not been involved," she said.
"They were forced in another way to accept a relationship that was not good for them, or for anyone," she added.
He is an idol in Argentina but I remember him as an ugly person: Alvarez
Meanwhile, Maradona's lawyer before his death Matias Morla has not yet commented on the issue. Meanwhile, it has not yet been identified who are the others who are legally representing Maradona in this case.
It should also be put out that Alvarez has previously admitted that their relationship was consensual in nature but the footballer had once forced himself upon her.
"It’s hard to be in his country, to see that he is everywhere, he is an idol and at the same time everything I remember about him as a person feels ugly," she said.