On Thursday, the world commemorated the first anniversary of the death of Diego Maradona. He is considered by some to be the best football player of all time. Although or perhaps because of his human defects, his native Argentina is still Beloved by people.
Maradona died of a heart attack in November last year at the age of 60, a few weeks after undergoing surgery for a blood clot in the brain.
The former Boca youth, Barcelona and Naples star has struggled with cocaine and alcohol addiction for many years and suffered from liver, kidney and cardiovascular diseases at the time of his death.
His death shocked fans all over the world. During the three-day national mourning period, thousands of people lined up for his coffin at the Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, which was draped with the Argentine flag.
He may be dead, but in Argentina, Maradona is everywhere.
From ubiquitous murals that portray him as a god, to TV series about his life, and even a religion named after him.
His two goals in the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup witnessed Argentina’s victory over England only four years after the Falklands War, making Maradona a well-deserved hero.
In Naples, Maradona is an idol like Buenos Aires. His statue was unveiled outside the Naples Stadium and was renamed to show respect after his death.
On Thursday morning, the President of Naples, Aurelio de Laurentiz, left flowers in the so-called “Maradona”, an area of Naples’s famous “Spain” covered with a mural of Argentine honor.
The club urged fans to arrive more than three hours in advance for Sunday night’s match against Lazio so that they can participate in the “fierce” memorial ceremony, while De Laurentiis stated that the statue will be placed in the Naples Stadium.
Maradona’s self-made story, outstanding sports achievements, complicated life and dramatic death are deeply ingrained in the minds of Argentines.
In the city, Maradona’s name is remembered in countless graffiti: “Diego is alive”, “10 eternity” and “D10S”-with the Spanish word “Dios” and Maradona’s famous jersey number Composition of word games.
The frescoes in Buenos Aires depict him with angel wings, as a patron saint with a halo and scepter, or returning to earth and kissing the World Cup.
Maradona may be remembered for his “Hand of God” goal-he thought it was a supernatural intervention, which was illegally dropped from his hand-and he was in the same game against England The second goal in the game was later called the “Hand of God” goal. century”.
For the historian Felipe Pigna, Maradona is “a hero with many imperfections”-various qualities reflect “what it means to be an Argentine” .