December marked 22 years since Pablo Escobar, Colombia's drug kingpin, was killed.
El Patron, as he has become known to the millions who have feasted on his murderous rise to power on Netlfix's Narcos, was shot dead by police on the rooftops of Medellin while on the run.
Those who have also seen ESPN’s excellent film, The Two Escobars, will know the man was a football nut.
Members of Colombia's national team would visit him for impromptu kickabouts on the beautiful pitches INSIDE the 'prison' HE designed.
Him and his mates lived like kings.
Girls, booze and gambling were just as important to Escobar as the beautiful game and he had all that and more within what was nicknamed The Cathedral.
And recently, Diego Maradona revealed he was paid a shed load of cash in 1991 to play in a friendly alongside footballers like Colombia goalkeeper Rene Higuita aka the Scorpion King at the Cathedral, or 'Club Medellin'.
“I was taken to a prison surrounded by thousands of guards,” he was reported as saying by Argentine outlet Mendoza.
“I said: ‘What the fuck is going on? Am I being arrested?’” he joked, revealing the confines were as luxurious as any five-star hotel you're likely to find.
“They said: ‘Diego, this is the boss,’” when introduced to Escobar, not that the 1986 World Cup winner had any clue who the moustachioed man standing in front of him was.
The only details Maradona had been told was that a very important person in Colombia wanted to meet him. “He was very kind, but I didn’t read the newspaper or watch television, so I had no idea," he added.
Escobar revealed he loved watching Maradona play football and explained how he felt he could relate to him given their respective backgrounds.
“He said he identified with me because, like him, he’d risen from poverty and succeeded,” Maradona said before shedding light on the entertainment that followed their kickabout.
“Later we had a party with the best girls I’ve ever seen in my life. And it was a prison!
“I couldn’t believe it. The next morning he paid me and said goodbye.”
For Maradona it was another chapter in a colourful career where, among other off field activities at Napoli, he was photographed with members of the city's mafia.
Escobar, meanwhile, was killed a couple of years later on 2 December, 1993 wearing a pair of football boots apparently.
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