Robbie Williams confuses Diego Maradona with lookalike in Austria



Robbie Williams was tricked earlier this month by a Diego Maradona lookalike. The Take That singer posted a photo of himself with a man he thought was the Argentinian football icon, halfway up a mountain.

Thinking he had bumped into Maradona in the ski resort of Ischgl in the southern Austrian province of Tirol, Williams stopped for a photo with him. However, 12 days later the man revealed that he is actually Germany's biggest Maradona impersonator, Abi Atici.

"When I was in Ischgl, Robbie was playing a concert. I was waiting to take the ski lift to the top of the mountain. Suddenly Robbie jumped out of a van, gave me a hug and said, 'I love you'."

Atici told the Daily Mail: "I am Maradona's double. I work in a sports shop and come from Bad Ditzenbach, but for the last 20 years I have been making appearances as Diego Maradona.

He continued: "I was discovered when I went to a football game between Bayern Munich and Naples in 1989 - the next day there was a picture in the local paper saying that Maradona had been in the stadium."

"I answered, 'I love you too!' Robbie then gave me a kiss on the cheek. You know I now can't wash my cheek as all women want a kiss on the same spot he kissed me. I don't just have the hand of God, I now have the cheek of God."

Atici added: "Robbie really didn't realise I was not the real thing. I was chatting with his wife Ayda who also speaks Turkish. She was really nice."

"Both Robbie's dad and Ayda took their phones and snapped pics of us together. I never thought such a world famous star would fall for my double act. It is sensational. It all happened so quickly. I will never forget that day!"

Williams had performed at the Top of the Mountain Concert in Ischgl on May 3.

Back in 2006, Williams met the real Maradona when both played in the charity Soccer Aid match.

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