Argentine football legend Diego Maradona on Monday said he is not the “God of football” but a normal footballer.

“I am not God of football, I am just a simple footballer,” Maradona said at a charity function here.

The 1986 World Cup hero arrived is in the city on Sunday evening on a three-day visit.

Maradona gave away financial aid and fruits to 11 cancer patients on behalf of a private organisation and was seen in a jovial mood. He was accompanied by his 27-year-old girlfriend Rocio Oliva.

He also flagged off an air-conditioned ambulance for the cancer patients.

On his arrival, a Spanish song was played as the former Napoli star, regarded as one of the best footballers of all time, was seen waving at the crowd.

A 12-foot statue of the 57-year-old holding the World Cup was unveiled. It will be kept at a park named after him — ‘Maradona Park’

“It’s just amazing. I have loved coming to Kolkata and I am very happy to be here again,” Maradona said.

Maradona was welcomed on to the dias with a tri-colour garland and flowers. He will play a charity football match against former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday at Barasat in West Bengal.