Diego Maradona appears to have a new girlfriend?

Diego Maradona appears to have a new girlfriend. His ex-partner just gave birth to a baby he fathered. And the same ex-partner is also involved in a legal dispute with the Argentine football great’s former wife.

In the last few days local media have been awash with news and photos about a new woman in Maradona’s life, who has been identified as 22-year-old Rocio Geraldine Oliva.

Maradona, 52, has declined to confirm the relationship - but he also hasn’t denied it. A photo of Maradona holding a poster with the words ”Rocio Te Amo” (Rocio I love you), and another photo of the two toasting each over glasses of champagne have been widely circulated in the Argentine media.

”I’m fine, relaxed and in love with Diego,” Oliva said Wednesday in a television interview. ”What others say means nothing to me.”

Reports about the new romance surfaced two weeks ago when Maradona’s long-time partner Veronica Ojeda gave birth in Buenos Aires to a baby boy who was named Diego Fernando. He has already been nicknamed ”Dieguito,” and Maradona - who is working in Dubai - has yet to return to Argentina to see him.