The Honduran Maradona teen was playing in his home country before he moved to America for a lot of money, which didn’t go as planned. After that, he played football all over the world
Two teens playing pranks may have tricked an MLS team into signing a Honduran teen, which changed his life completely.
Who Is The Honduran Maradona Soccer Player As MLS Team Houston Dynamo Are Scammed Into Signing Him By Pranksters
When the Honduran national team went to London for the 2012 Olympics, Kieran Morris and his friend were both 16 years old. Morris had his eye on one man in particular: Alexander Lopez. Lopez was only 19 years old and had just won the top Honduran football league with Olimpia.
At the time, the two friends were always pulling pranks on each other, so they decided to try their best to get him linked to Wigan Athletic, which had been signing Honduran players. After calling newspapers all over the country over and over again, Kieran wrote a first-person article for The Guardian in which he said that on July 28, 2012, in the back pages of the Olympics Opening Ceremony souvenir edition of the Times, there was a rumour that the playmaker was going to join the Lancashire side.
And The Rumour Spread Like Fire!
Not only did they spread a rumour that was made up, but they also changed his digital footprint by making small changes to his Wikipedia statistics to make it look like the Honduran had just had a big season in his home country. But once the rumour got out, the two friends moved on quickly to other jokes and goals.
They had no idea that a year later, they would be shocked to learn that Lopez had moved for $1 million to MLS team Houston Dynamo, where he would make $212,000 a year, the fifth-highest salary at the club. Not only that, but the club’s official press release used numbers that the two had made up.
But things weren’t so good for Lopez. He was out of shape and found it hard to play for the Texans. Before he knew it, he was on his way back to Olimpia. After that, he spent some time in Saudi Arabia, and then he flew back to Honduran. Lopez now lives in Costa Rica, where he plays for Liga Deportiva Alajuelense.
Kieran wrote for The Guardian about the moment he found out his project had been signed by an American team. “We checked the forums and comment boards with wide-open eyes. And were shocked to find fans celebrating the arrival of the player they would surely come to love. A talent that would stun MLS (the top level of soccer in the US). And bring glory and fame back to Houston for all time. They were about to meet Maradona (Honduran), who was from Honduras.”