ZURICH – Argentina soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona and former Spanish player Carles Puyol showed their support on Monday to the proposal to increase to 48 the number of nations participating in the World Cup.
When asked about his opinion regarding the proposal, which will be debated by FIFA on Tuesday, Maradona said “It gives each country the dream and it renews the passion for football, it appears to me to be a fantastic idea.”
The Argentine legend is in the Swiss city of Zurich to attend the Best FIFA Football Awards 2016 gala, which will be held later in the day.
After taking part in a game that included various soccer legends in Zurich, Maradona said “I want a FIFA that is clean so people come back to the stadiums, with so much corruption people have got tired of always seeing the same thing.”
Carles Puyol shared Maradona’s view and considers the World Cup as a soccer festival that everyone should get to watch and enjoy.
FIFA is set to debate the proposal for increasing the number of participating nations in the World Cup to 40 or 48 during the 2026 World Cup.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino believes that this proposal will satisfy soccer fans all over the globe and will not affect the competition’s quality.