Drug Addiction Was 'Wasting Away' My Life, Maradona Admits
Maradona won the World Cup in 1986. Image: Morning Tea

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has admitted he was wasting his life following his battle with cocaine addiction.

According to the new coach of Mexican team Dorados, his life was falling apart due, saying it took him backward.

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“I’m taking on this responsibility as if it were a new child,” the 57-year-old said during his unveiling on Tuesday.

“Ever since I kicked my illness 15 years ago, (when) I was wasting away. I want to explain to you that when I was using I was falling apart.

“It was a step backwards and a footballer always has to go forward. That all stopped thanks to my daughters.

“I was left without a cent, I went back to work, my youngest daughter, who was four, convinced me, she said I had experienced things with Dalma and not with her.

“When I was in a coma and she touched my bedsheet to wake me up.

“Then I came out, and like everybody we are judged and we think we hold the truth, I wonder how many people there are here who have done worse things than us and they have not made the papers. I am here to work.”