Argentina, the football planet, remembers genius and sulfur


At the end of a year of tributes that sometimes seem endless in his native Argentina, the football planet, from Buenos Aires to Naples, remembers Thursday an icon of this sport, Diego Maradona, who died a year ago in 60 years

« We will miss you all of our lives. » The Argentine Football League published on the eve of the anniversary a video on the life, goals, trophies of Maradona, punctuated by the words moved in 2001, after a tribute match.

A year after his death of a heart attack, after a slow deterioration in his state of health, overcome by excesses and addictions, the idol of Argentina seemed to never stop receiving honors, the one which brought the country the 1986 World Cup, and the pride of being the homeland of the “best player in history”.

In Argentina, statues, monuments, dozens of murals, have flourished for a year in several cities of the country and working-class neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, representing Maradona at all ages, in all postures. Especially with the Albiceleste jersey.

Altars erected in homage to Maradona have appeared all over Argentina.

Altars erected in homage to Maradona have appeared all over Argentina.

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Minute of silence

The anniversary of his death was to be more low-key and collected, with the league matches providing for a minute of silence, with the players forming the number « 10 » on the pitch. And “Diegooo, Diegooo! », Or songs to the glory of« 10 Eterno »will undoubtedly descend from the stands.

Dalma, Maradona’s second daughter (34), recently let it be known that while grateful for the tributes to date and invitations, she would not be participating in anything on November 25 which marks « the worst day of her life, » a day « neither to commemorate nor to celebrate ».

Masses are well planned, as in the slum of Villa Fiorito where the champion grows up, and spontaneous gatherings will undoubtedly not be lacking in the vicinity of stadiums, like that of Argentinos Juniors, the club of his beginnings, or of Boca Juniors, legendary club where Diego only played two years but with which he remains associated forever.

Two statues in Naples

In Naples (Italy), where the magical left-hander played for seven years, bringing the club two unprecedented titles of Italian champion and a UEFA Cup, the tributes will go on crescendo, with two statues of Maradona unveiled.

One of two statues that will pay homage to Diego Maradona in Naples, Italy.

One of two statues that will pay homage to Diego Maradona in Naples, Italy.

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One in bronze, ordered by the municipality, will be inaugurated this Thursday in front of the former San Paolo stadium, renamed the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, the other, an initiative of the club, will be unveiled in the stadium on Sunday, before a match against the Lazio Rome. A match that the Napoli players will play, as for three weeks, with jerseys featuring the stylized face of the Argentinian, object of a lasting cult in Naples.

But another « legacy » of Maradona, last year in Argentina will also have seen the legal proceedings unravel. On the conditions of his death, with an investigation for manslaughter by negligent care. On his inheritance, between five descendants. On the use of its trademark. On the debts and expenses left behind.

Or quite recently, for a complaint relating to a 37-year-old Cuban, the player’s ex-liaison when she was a minor in the early 2000s, and who accused the idol, then a cocaine addict, and her entourage of violence and abuse. ‘alleged abuse.

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