Diego Maradona: Mourners to visit legend’s body as Argentina grieves

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Argentina has been plunged into mourning after the loss of their favourite sporting son
Argentina has been plunged into mourning after the loss of their favourite sporting son

A million people are expected to pay their respects to the Argentine football legend Diego Maradona in the presidential palace in Buenos Aires.

Three days of national mourning have begun in Argentina after Maradona died following a heart attack on Wednesday.

His body has been taken to Casa Rosada, where it will be put on display for fans.

One of the greatest football players of all time, Maradona is a national hero in his home country. He was 60.

Officials have been rushing to install cordons and other measures to try to limit the spread of coronavirus, with big crowds already gathering outside the presidential palace.

Late into the night, a sea of people in Argentina shirts thronged the streets to mourn Maradona’s death, and celebrate his life.

Maradona, who played for clubs including Barcelona and Napoli, was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous “Hand of God” goal against England in the quarter-finals.

Former Tottenham midfielder Ossie Ardiles, who played alongside Maradona at the 1982 World Cup, said he was “a god” in Argentina, in Naples, and all around the world.

“He will be remembered as a genius in football,” he told the BBC. “You can see the extraordinary amount of interest that he generates.”

Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi led tributes to Maradona, writing on social media: “He has left us but he will never leave us because Diego is eternal.”

government says it expects a million people to visit Maradona’s body at the presidential palace

A post-mortem examination was due to take place on Maradona’s body on Wednesday.

The former Argentina attacking midfielder and manager died at his home in Tigre, near Buenos Aires. He had successful surgery on a brain blood clot earlier in November and was to be treated for alcohol dependency.

At 22:00 on Wednesday (01:00 GMT) – an hour chosen to match the number on his shirt – stadiums across Argentina switched on their floodlights to honour his memory.

A minute’s silence took place before Wednesday’s Champions League matches and the same will happen before all other European fixtures this week.

BBC Sport

26, N0V 2020 @12:26 GMT

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