Robbie red-faced over Maradona blunder

Photo: Robbie Williams/Twitter.
Robbie Williams and Maradona look-alike Abi Atic.

UK pop star Robbie Williams has been caught out after boasting of a bizarre mountain-top meeting with Maradona – who it turns out was a look-alike.


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Former Take That star Robbie, 38, thought he’d ran into World Cup superstar Diego Maradona at Ischgl ski resort in Austria.

Williams, who was in the ski resort on May 3 to play the Top of the Mountain Concert, reportedly jumped out of a van and rushed over to ‘Maradona’, pronouncing “I love you”.

But it has now been revealed, nearly two weeks later, that the Maradona doppelganger was a 49-year-old German impersonator called Abi Atici.

Williams took to Twitter to declare: “How random, just bumped into Maradona on the mountain. RW x.”

The singer also posted a photo of himself with the double, who has been working as a look-alike for 20 years, and said: “The Hand of God meets God. I wish he was playing this year’s Soccer Aid! #Maradona.”

Mr Atici has said: “Robbie really didn’t realise I was not the real thing

“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!”

Embarrassingly, Williams has met the real Argentinian football legend Maradona back in 2006 at a charity football match in aid of Soccer Aid.

The event raised over £6 million for UNICEF, with Robbie Williams as captain of the winning team at Old Trafford.



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