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Diego Maradona is going to Harvard University

3:41 PM EST 1/31/17
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The World Cup 1986 winner, who had been banned from the US for 22 years, is expected to give a talk to students in the first few months of 2017

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has revealed that he's been invited to give a talk at prestigious American university Harvard.

The former Napoli and Barcelona playmaker, who hauled his nation to World Cup glory in 1986, had been banned from entering the US since he tested positive for doping.

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Maradona was denied a visa to visit Disneyland in 2013, but in December 2016 his long-running ban from the country was overturned 22 years after his 1994 World Cup shame - and Harvard has acted quickly to offer him an opportunity to give a lecture.

"Dear Mr Maradona," the letter to the 56-year-old from Harvard University begins. "We would like to invite you to give a talk at Harvard University in the context of the course 'The Global Game: Soccer, Politics and Popular Culture', which is being offered during the Spring semester of 2017.

"Your presence at Harvard would constitute a formidable opportunity for our students and for the entire academic community to learn about the life and feats of the best player in history, and will serve as the most perfect supplement to our lectures on the history, sociology and aesthetics of soccer."

In addition to travelling to the US to visit Harvard University in early 2017, Maradona is also reportedly going to the country to pursue a fraud lawsuit brought against ex-wife Claudia Villafane.

Maradona visited Oxford University, UK, in 1995, a visit documented by this classic footage taken a year after he was ignominiously booted out the 1994 World Cup.

Since his ill-fated time as coach, in recent years Maradona has taken to working closely with new FIFA president Gianni Infantino and will reportedly be offered a role at former club Napoli once he settles a decades-old tax bill of €39 million.