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Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona visits 'old friend' Fidel Castro in Havana

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In this picture image released by Cuba's state newspaper Granma on Monday April 15, 2013, Cuba's Fidel Castro shakes hands with former soccer star Diego Maradona in Havana, Cuba, Saturday April 13, 2013. . (AP Photo/Alex Castro, Granma)The Associated Press

Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona has paid a visit to retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Official Cuban media have published a photograph of a smiling Maradona shaking hands with Castro, who is wearing a sporty blue jacket.

Communist Party newspaper Granma said Monday that it was an "animated and fruitful exchange between two old friends."

The two have known each other since Maradona first visited the island in 1986.

The soccer great also lived for several years in Cuba, where he came in 2000 for treatment for substance abuse.