Giannina Maradona has often made the headlines, not because of her talent or profession, but as a result of the family she was born into and the one she later married into. In case her last name has not rung a bell yet, this Argentine celebrity is the daughter of football royalty Diego Maradona and his former wife Claudia Villafañe. She later fell in love with and married another football great with whom she had a son.
Below are the lesser-known facts about Giannina Maradona and the controversies that have followed her from her birth family down to her personal life.
Giannina Maradona’s Bio
She was born in Argentina, on May 16, 1989, right under the spotlight as her father was already making a lot of waves in the sports world at the time. She was born as the second child of Diego Claudia and has one sibling – elder sister, Dalma Nerea Maradona. While Giannina was born five years after her parents became husband and wife, her sister came two years before her.
Giannina’s parents got to know each other after their families became neighbours in 1976. The exact time they started dating is not known but the couple dated for a long time before exchanging vows in 1984. They had two children together and after Giannina’s birth, the family became turbulent. According to reports at the time, their problems stemmed from Diego’s issues with drug abuse, as well as his incessant extra-marital affairs which led to the birth of his other children. The marriage later came to an end in 2003, with irreconcilable differences as the reason behind the split. While Dalma saw the divorce as the best solution to their parents’ issues, Giannina was not happy that it ended that way. Both parents remained in good terms after the divorce. Both Diego and Claudia have not entered another marriage since their split.
Asides details about Giannina’s popular family, information about her early days, including her educational pursuits cannot be obtained as she has not made the facts available yet. Also, there is nothing known about her profession, especially since she split from Sergio Agüero.
As aforementioned, Giannina Maradona is the daughter of soccer pundit Diego Maradona and his ex-wife Claudia Villafañe. Dalma Maradona is her sister from her parents while she acquired half-siblings – Diego Sinagra, Jana Maradona and Diego Fernando Maradona Ojeda form her father’s other relationships.
On her personal life, Giannina Maradona was once married to football star Sergio Agüero – Argentinian professional footballer, globally known for his footballing skills. They dated for a long time before sealing their love in a private wedding ceremony in 2008. Only close friends and family attended the event. Agüero is a striker who plays for Premier League side Manchester City, as well as the Argentinean national football team.
Their marriage was blessed with a son named Benjamín Agüero Maradona on February 19, 2009, after one year of exchanging vows. Unfortunately, this didn’t strengthen their relation which became rocky as a result of Sergio’s infidelity scandals.
There were reports that the soccer star was having a romantic affair with Argentinean pop star Karina Tejeda at the time he was still married to Giannina. In 2012, after four years of marriage, the young couple went their separate ways. To confirm rumours of his infidelity, Sergio and Karina were seen together after the divorce and they continued their relationship for five years before the singer left Sergio while he was going through a recovery period following a car crash.
Giannina has remained hidden from the spotlight and doesn’t make much public appearance.
More Facts About Giannini Maradona
1. Her ex-husband Sergio holds the record of being the youngest footballer to play in a first-division game for his country, a feat that was Diego Maradona’s in the past.
2. Giannina was seen on her father’s commercially acclaimed weekly TV show, ‘La Noche del 10’ which translates to The Night of the No. 10. The programme was named after the jersey number of the football giant.
3. In 2015, Giannina’s relationship with her father became strained following a fraud case he filed against her mother, accusing Claudia (who was also his manager) of duping him of nine million USD. Needless to say, Giannina and her sister took her mother’s side.