BUENOS AIRES: Tens of hundreds of followers desperate to honor Diego Maradona lined as much as file previous the coffin of Argentina‘s most iconic soccer star on Thursday, some confronting police who tried to keep up order on the nation‘s presidential mansion.
Some threw bottles and items of metallic fencing at police close to the Casa Rosada within the coronary heart of Buenos Aires. Officers at one level used tear fuel to attempt to manage them.
Followers blew kisses as they handed Maradona’s picket casket in the principal foyer of the presidential construction, some strike their chests with closed fists and shouting, “Let’s go Diego.”
The casket was coated in an Argentine flag and the No. 10 shirts he famously wore the nationwide crew. Dozens of different shirts of various soccer groups tossed in by weeping guests have been scattered on and across the casket.
Maradona died on Wednesday of a coronary heart assault in a home exterior in Buenos Aires the place he recovered from a mind operation on Nov. 3.
Open visitation began at 6:15 a.m. native time (0915 GMT) after just a few hours of privateness for household and shut pals. The first to bid farewell have been his daughters and shut members of the family. His ex-wife Claudia Villafane got here with Maradona’s daughters Dalma and Gianinna. Later got here Veronica Ojeda, additionally his ex-wife, with their son Dieguito Fernando.
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Diego Maradona holds up the FIFA World Cup trophy after Argentina’s 3-2 victory over West Germany on the 1986 World Cup remaining at Azteca Stadium in Mexico Metropolis.
Jana, who Maradona acknowledged as his daughter only some years in the past, additionally attended the funeral.
Then got here former teammates of the 1986 World Cup-winning squad together with Oscar Ruggeri. Different Argentine footballers, resembling Boca Juniors‘ Carlos Tevez, confirmed up, too.
The traces began forming exterior the Casa Rosada solely hours after Maradona’s demise was confirmed and grew to a number of blocks. Amongst these current have been the famed barrabravas followers of Boca Juniors, one among his former golf equipment.
The primary fan to go to was Nahuel de Lima, 30, utilizing crutches to maneuver due to incapacity.
“He made Argentina be acknowledged everywhere in the world, who speaks of Maradona additionally speaks of Argentina,“ de Lima advised The Related Press. “Diego is the folks…. At the moment the shirts, the political flags do not matter. We got here to say goodbye to a fantastic that gave us loads of pleasure.”
Lidia and Estela Villalba cried close to the exit of the foyer. Each had a Boca Juniors shirt and an Argentinian flag on their shoulders.
“We advised him we love him, that he was the best,“ they stated at the identical time.
An enormous mural of Maradona’s face was painted on the tiles that cowl the Plaza de Mayo, close to the Casa Rosada, which was adorned with a large black ribbon on the entrance.
An enormous display in the entrance of the Casa Rosada displayed historic images of Maradona to the passing followers, most however not all of whom wore masks because of the coronavirus pandemic.