The body of the great footballer Diego Maradona “must be preserved” in case his DNA is needed in a paternity case, an Argentine court ruled on Wednesday.
Maradona died of a heart attack last month and was buried on November 26 in a cemetery just outside Buenos Aires.
While Maradona’s lawyer had previously told Reuters that the DNA samples already exist, the court said the former Boca Juniors and the Napoli player’s body are not to be cremated at a later time.
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Five recognized children and six with filiation applications are part of a complex inheritance process in Argentina.
One of the six, Magali Gil, 25, says he discovered two years ago that the football icon was his biological father.
The judgment of the National Court of First Instance in civil matters no. 56 also said, “Ms. Gil requests that a study be carried out … and that the attorney’s office in charge send a DNA sample for this purpose.”
Maradona recognized four children in Argentina and one in Italy, which he had during his time as a player in the country.