Diego Armando Maradona Sinagra was an Italian footballer and professional beach soccer player. He is the son of Cristiana Sinagra and Argentine national footballer Diego Maradona. Born in Naples, Italy, Diego Armando Maradona Sinagra (Diego Jr. or Dieguito) was the result of an affair between Maradona and a young local woman named Cristiana Sinagra. He was brought up by his mother. An Italian court recognized Maradona’s paternity in 1993, but Sinagra met his father for the first time in 2003, during a golf tournament in Fiuggi. It was only in 2007 that Maradona recognized Sinagra as his son according to the Italian press. There were rumours that Pope Francis, at that time the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, asked Maradona to recognize Sinagra as his son. Maradona’s lawyers have denied this allegation. Sinagra had a passion for football and started playing at a young age showing promise by emulating the skills of his father. At eleven years old he was a part of the Napoli youth squad. Diego Junior represented the Italian national team at under-17 age level. In 2004, the young Sinagra joined the youth squad of Genoa for a season. Sinagra’s start in first team football came in the amateur leagues during 2005 when he joined Cervia in 2004.