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Teen claiming he’s Diego Maradona’s son demands footie legend’s body is exhumed

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A teenager has demanded Diego Maradona's body be dug up to prove he's the football legend's son.

Santiago Lara, 19, has spent years fighting to prove he's the former Naples and Barcelona star's offspring.

He asked his lawyer to lodge the bombshell written request less than 24 hours after Argentinian footie legend was buried.

Jose Nunez demanded Maradona’s autopsy and DNA results and the exhumation of his body so it can be transferred to a court morgue.

The lawyer went on Argentinian TV to air his jaw-dropping demand as his filing was made with a family court in Santiago’s home city of La Plata near the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires.

It followed a long and frustrating battle by Santiago to find out who his real father is which began in 2014 when he was just 13 and saw a magazine front cover with Maradona’s face on it and his pixellated underneath.

Santiago, the supposed sixth child of a growing brood which has led to claims Maradona could field a starting eleven on the football field if he recognised all of his offspring, spoke for the first time four years ago of his fight.

The youngster’s waitress mum Natalia Garat died aged 23 from lung cancer in 2006 following an alleged seven year on-off relationship with Diego, who officially has five children including two he took years to recognise as his.

Natalia’s ex-boyfriend Marcelo Lara raised Santiago as his own son.

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The teenager instructed his lawyer to start legal action to prove he was Maradona’s son while the retired footballer was alive after failed attempts to reach an amicable settlement with the star’s legal team.

Speaking overnight after Mr Nunez confirmed the sensational exhumation demand, Santiago told Telemundo programme Suelta la Sopa: “My mum sadly died when I was just three years old but days before her death, when she had to remove her ventilator to speak, she told a group of lawyers I was Diego’s son.

“I just want to know who I am. The financial side of things is not something that matters to me.

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“I know this demand is going to cause major turmoil in Argentina but if I don’t do this, who is going to give me the DNA?”

His lawyer, in another interview on an Argentinian TV show which he attended with a colleague but not Santiago, added: “We’re talking about a young lad who has been left in the dark about who he really is.

“Santiago didn’t come here today because he’s suffering emotionally. Not only does he not know who he is but he couldn’t say goodbye to his father.”

The four-page document filed by Jose Nunez and his partner Juan Benitez demands the exhumation and preservation of Diego Maradona’s body until DNA tests can be carried out “so Santiago Lara can obtain his true identity.”

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