“Diego is alive”: Argentines pray for Maradona’s death anniversary

The statue of Diego Armando Maradona, an Argentine football legend made by the Italian sculptor Domenico Sepe, will be unveiled in front of the stadium on November 25, 2021 on the first anniversary of his death in Naples, Italy. REUTERS / Ciro De Luca

November 25, 2021

Ramiro Skandaro

Buenos Aires (Reuters)-Fans and families from Argentina and Diego Maradona gathered on Thursday to remember and pray for a football star who had problems with his first anniversary of his death.

At a church in Garin, Buenos Aires, the family attended a mass in his memory. The altar of the 1986 World Champion has a large portrait, known as the “Persa” or simply the “D10S”, with a long mane. A Spanish play representing God and his famous tenth jersey.

“We do not come to celebrate death, but to celebrate life, the life Diego gave us,” said Adrian Geddes, a priest who was near the player during his life. Said the pastor.

“He is here, we believe our loved ones will be resurrected, they will not die, he will live on all the actions and all good deeds he has done, and they will God may forgive them for bad behavior that speaks everywhere. “

Maradona, who died of cardiac arrest at the age of 60 on November 25, 2020, was born in a poor area on the outskirts of the capital Buenos Aires. He was a symbol of many in Argentina and around the world, including Naples, Italy, where the statue of Maradona was unveiled on Thursday.

However, his personal life was characterized by controversies, including overdose of drugs and alcohol. A Cuban woman who had a relationship with him 20 years ago at the age of 16 and around 40 made him in this week’s rape. -I accused it of idCAKBN2I724G. At one point she.

Widely considered to be one of the greatest soccer players in history, the star was buried in Argentina last year. However, his family said Thursday that fans had demanded the construction of a mausoleum to “go on a pilgrimage.”

Posts to Maradona’s Instagram account state that they are currently managed by his family.

After the mass, his sister Anna Maria Maradona said last year that she was “very sad.” She was now asked how she remembered her brother and said, “With a lot of love.”

Maradona, often compared to the Brazilian legend Pele, gained an extraordinary level of worship, despite his own personal struggle, or perhaps enhanced by it. He is immortalized with murals, statues and even tattoos with ink on the fan’s skin.

“Love for Diego has been with me since I was a child,” said Gustavoe Manuel Parisi, an artist who paints Maradona’s murals “with respect and gratitude to him.” 35 years old) said.

A Guatemalan fan of Maradona, Minor Deleon, 39, traveled to Buenos Aires to celebrate his own birthday and the bittersweet anniversary of the death of his hero.

“Today is my birthday. A year ago, it was a day, if not the saddest day of my life,” Deleon told Reuters.

“Maradona was my childhood hero. He brought me joy in difficult times.”

(Report by Ramiro Scandalo and Reuters TV, edited by Adam Jourdan, Jonathan Oatis, Daniel Wallis)

“Diego is alive”: Argentines pray for Maradona’s death anniversary

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