Maradona acknowledges 'Dieguito' is his son

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentine football great Diego Maradona says the baby born to his former partner earlier this week -- named Diego Fernando at birth -- "won't lack for anything."

Maradona was criticized because he was away in Dubai when Veronica Ojeda gave birth on Wednesday in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

He acknowledged Friday in a statement that he is the father of the baby being referred to in Argentina as "Dieguito" -- Little Diego.

The child is the fifth known to be fathered by the 52-year-old Maradona. He has two daughters from his marriage with Claudia Vallafane -- Dalma and Giannina. The Argentine football great has two other children he has never recognized as his, although courts in paternity cases have ruled he's the father.