Robbie Williams duped by Diego Maradona impersonator after making big fuss over meeting
Robbie Williams explains how he was duped into meeting fake Maradona
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Robbie Williams, 47, has opened up about meeting the late Argentine footballer Diego Maradona in a surprise meeting at a concert he held at the Austrian ski resort of Ischgl in the province of Tirol. But it later emerged that the former Take That star had been tricked.
Robbie detailed the moment to Olympic champion Usain Bolt, 34, and singer Olly Murs, 37, in a new podcast called Soccer Aid Stories.
The Angels singer met his “idol” in a ski resort at the Top of the Mountain Concert, which was held in 2014.
To his disbelief, the dad-of-four said he made “such a fuss” after being introduced to the legendary star.
Addressing the moment, Robbie began: “My security guy says to me, ‘Maradona wants to see you, he is at the base of the mountain.’
“So I go to see Maradona and he doesn’t speak very good English.”
He continued: “I make a big fuss of him and he makes a big fuss of me. And we have our pictures together.
“I go up on the gondola because the gig was in the mountain and I’m with my dad.
“I’m like, ‘How mad is my life dad that you know, Maradona’s waiting for me.’ And he goes, ‘I know son. Your life’s mental.’ How great is that. So I get on with my day.”
It later emerged that Robbie had been duped and instead met a Maradona impersonator unbeknownst to the singer.
“Two days later, there’s a paparazzi picture of Maradona at the Chelsea game but he’s got no beard,” Robbie went on.
“But the Maradona I met had a full on beard. [To] cut a long story short, it wasn’t Maradona.”
His candid admission was met with laughter as Usain and Olly chuckled over their encounter.
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Robbie had instead met Abi Atic, who has been impersonating Maradona for 20 years, and is Germany’s most famous double of the Argentine footballer.
At the time, the Rock DJ hitmaker had taken to Twitter to share a candid snap alongside the assumed Maradona.
Robbie penned: “How random, just bumped into Maradona on the mountain. RW x.”
The singer met the real Maradona in 2006 in a charity football match in aid of Soccer Aid, which raised over £6 million for UNICEF.
Robbie captained the side which beat World XI 2-1 at Old Trafford.
In November, football legend Maradona, who is considered one of the greatest players of all time, died at the age of 60.
The former Argentine attacking midfielder and manager suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home.
It comes after he had successful surgery on a brain blood clot and was to be treated for alcohol dependency.
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