Controversial Colombian soccer legend Faustino “El Tino” Asprilla has agreed to a compromise in his long-running child support legal battle with his ex-wife.
Asprilla, also known in Colombia as “the Octopus,” agreed to pay $53,000 in back payments – a third of what his ex-wife’s representative, her father Gustavo Cortes, had demanded, Colombian media reported.
He also agreed to pay $1,500 a month until his son Santiago, who is currently 18 years old, turns 25.
Legal proceedings against Asprilla have now been suspended for two months to give him time to demonstrate he will meet the terms of the agreement. On March 5 he will return to court so a judge can review his progress.
After Asprilla was slapped with a $28,000 fine and ordered to pay $2,000 a month child support in 2009, he accused his ex, who now lives in the U.S, of blowing her divorce settlement on clothes.
Asprilla officially retired in 2009 after a colorful career that took him to Italy, England, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Chile.
Renowned as much for his off field antics and flamboyant style as for his achievements on the pitch, he has remained in the limelight with numerous appearances on reality TV shows and a high profile arrest on weapons charges.