Embattled Venezuela leader Nicolas Maduro has received support from a rather unusual source - former Argentine football superstar Diego Maradona.
The World Cup winner, who played for Barcelona and Napoli during a distinguished career, penned a message of support for Maduro as he continues to face criticism over the chaos in his country and the arrest of leading opposition figures.
"We're Chavistas until death," wrote Maradona, who has since struggled with drink and drug problems since leading Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup.
"When Maduro gives the order, I'll be wearing a soldier's uniform for a free Venezuela," he continued, before adding that his mission was "to fight against imperialism and those who want to overcome our forces."
This mission, Maradona said, "is the most sacred thing we have."
The message concluded with the message "Viva Chavez!! Viva Maduro!! Viva la revolucion! Long live the purest type of Venezuelans, not the Venezuelans interested and involved in the right."
Whether Maduro will call up his high-profile supporter to the cause remains to be seen.