Telesure, the state-run TV network funded by Venezuela, Cuba and other communist-led countries, has reported that former Cuban leader Fidel Castro sent a letter to Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona. The network showed photos of Maradona holding the letter, reportedly signed by Castro, according to the AP.
The 88-year-old Fidel Castro hasn’t been in the public eye regularly for almost a decade, though he makes occasional statements and was photographed in July. His younger brother Raul Castro assumed the leadership of Cuba in 2006. The elder Castro’s failure to comment publicly on the recent resumption of US-Cuba relations has fueled speculation that he is gravely ill. The letter to soccer star Maradona, who has been filming a TV show in Cuba, are meant to indicate that Castro is still alive and kicking, so to speak. No word about whether Raul is working on a letter to current Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.