BUENOS AIRES — Soccer ace Diego Maradona has inked a deal to host a weekly interview program in his native Argentina.
The retired star will chat with celebs on the hourlong show, to bow in August on second-ranked Artear-Canal 13, a unit of Argentinean media conglom Grupo Clarin. “La noche del 10 (siempre vuelve)” “The Night of the 10 (Always Returns)” will include games and live music — and mark his first hosting gig.
In a televised press conference, 44-year-old Maradona, who recently underwent surgery to reduce his weight, said he would invite Brazilian legend Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, better known as Pele, and Brazilian stars like Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos, both playing at Real Madrid. He would also ask Italian players, Argentinean TV personalities like Marcelo Tinelli and Mirtha Legrand, plus other big names and friends.
Pol-ka Prods., run by Adrian Suar, who doubles as the programming manager of Canal 13, will produce.
The outfit last week cast Maradona in a guest appearance on “Una familia especial” (A Special Family), a hit alien comedy on Canal 13. He plays an extraterrestrial that must recharge his energies after years of living in Argentina. Cannes jury president Emir Kusturica is filming a documentary on the soccer legend, who emerged from a shantytown to lead clubs to league titles in Argentina, Italy and Spain and his nation’s team to victory in the 1986 World Cup.
Maradona, who almost died of a cocaine overdose in 2000, is also subject of a biopic directed by Italy’s Marco Risi (“The Pack”).