Argentine football legend Diego Maradona showed off his skills before South Korean fans Tuesday in a special event to promote the U-20 World Cup as a FIFA ambassador.
Maradona and his fellow Argentine football star Pablo Aimar will attend a drawing ceremony Wednesday in Suwon south of Seoul for the U-20 World Cup which will feature 24 teams from May 20 to June 11 in six South Korean cities.
The two led a separate futsal team, playing alongside South Korean U-20 head coach Shin Tae-yong and other celebrities. Maradona scored a hat-trick to help his team beat Aimar's team 4-3. Futsal, a variant of association football played on a hard court, is played between two teams of five players each.
Maradona also defeated Aimar in the "Shoot for Love" challenge designed to help raise awareness and funds for children. The challenge involves kicking a ball at an archery-style target.
Maradona won the U-20 World Cup in 1979 and Aimar in 1997. This will be Maradona's first visit to South Korea since 1995 when he played in a friendly match for the Boca Juniors against the South Korean national team.
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