Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, currently the head coach of Mexican second-division side Dorados de Sinaloa, went along with tradition in the Aztec nation and allowed his players to push his face into his birthday cake.
The celebration took place before practice on Tuesday, when a group of Dorados players wearing T-shirts bearing the image of a young Maradona and the phrase “Feliz cumpleaños” (Happy Birthday) gathered around a table with two cakes, clapped in unison and invited their coach over to celebrate his turning 58.
A beaming Maradona, who has had injections to slow down the effects of arthritis, was already in good spirits.
He said: “The best present would be seeing my grandson.
“Parties don’t interest me nor does how old I am.
“It seems like yesterday I was 20 years old and now I am going to turn 58.
“I have had many good years and some bad ones, but I can walk down the street with my head held high because I haven’t done anything bad to anyone.”
Dorados players lined up on the pitch in T-shirts with “happy birthday” and a portrait of Maradona on them.
The 1986 World Cup winner, whose infamous handball helped KO England in the quarter-finals, then shuffled out of the tunnel to greet them.