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Diego Maradona reflects on his struggle with addiction as he begins a new managerial journey in Mexico

Argentina football legend Diego Maradona described his decision to coach second-division Mexican club Dorados as a rebirth after years battling addictions.

The 57-year-old was officially unveiled as the team's new manager on Monday.

Maradona, who has publicly struggled with drug addiction, alcoholism and obesity, raised eyebrows with the decision to accept a job in the heart of Mexican drug cartel country — the rough-and-tumble state of Sinaloa.

But in his first press conference for Dorados, he described the job as a healthy new beginning after a long “sickness,” pointing towards his past excesses.

Mexico was the scene of Maradona's greatest triumph as a player when he led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title.

Can Maradona finally achieve the success he did as a player? Credit: AP

But, his managerial career has failed to match the sparkle of his playing days.

Maradona managed the Argentine national team at the 2010 World Cup, crashing out against Germany 4-0 in the quarter finals.

And most recently, he left Al Fujairah of the United Arab Emirates in May after failing to guide them to promotion.