On August 11 Argentina play the Republic of Ireland in a friendly at the new Lansdowne Road (known as the 'Aviva Stadium'.) And while Maradona will not be in charge for that game he has picked the squad for it. The list contains 17 of the World Cup 2010 squad (including Carlos Tévez, of course), and another six: including Emiliano Insúa, former City target Fernando Gago and our very own Zabaleta.
I'd rather Zabaleta had been a regular feature of Maradona's Argentina, of course. But there is something dignified in el Diego realising the error of his ways just before his demise, and atoning for it with his final act. A bit like Ed Harris in The Rock.