Argentine soccer icon Diego Armando Maradona said Friday from Dubai that he will be in Buenos Aires soon to "acknowledge" his new son, Diego Fernando, born here this week to the former player's ex-girlfriend.

"As soon as my work obligations allow, I will travel to acknowledge Dieguito; he won't lack anything," the retired superstar said in a statement his lawyer delivered to America television in Buenos Aires.

"I want to make it clear that I made my own decisions and I will go on making them, always taking responsibility for them," the 52-year-old Maradona said.

Veronica Ojeda gave birth to Diego Fernando late Wednesday night at a clinic in Buenos Aires.

The boy is the fourth child of Diego Armando Maradona, who led Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup and now works in Dubai as a consultant to companies that organize sporting events.

Maradona senior has two adult daughters with former spouse Claudia Villafañe and a son born out of wedlock in Italy in 1986.

He is also the grandfather of Benjamin, the offspring of his daughter Giannina and rising soccer star Sergio "Kun" Aguero. EFE