'I hate' the U.S., Maradona tells Chavez
'I hate everything that comes from the United States,' ex-soccer star says
Updated: 5:44 p.m. ET Aug. 19, 2007
CARACAS, Venezuela - Former Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona on Sunday said he hates the United States “with all my strength” during an appearance on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s weekly television show.
The leftist soccer legend, like the fiercely anti-U.S. Chavez, is a close ally of Cuba’s Fidel Castro.
“I believe in Chavez, I am Chavista ... . Everything Fidel does, everything Chavez does for me is the best (that can be done),” Maradona said, sitting with Chavez on the set of the president’s Sunday talk show.
“I hate everything that comes from the United States. I hate it with all my strength,” he added to thunderous applause and cheering from the hu
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