From Thursday, the Argentines should be able to say goodbye to Maradona in the government palace Casa Rosada. He will be missed for a lifetime, writes Head of State Alberto Fernández.
Argentina mourns the loss of football legend Diego Maradona.
From Thursday, the Argentines should be able to say goodbye in the government palace Casa Rosada.
The Argentine government expects up to a million mourners.
Millions of people around the world mourn Diego Maradona. Stunned by the death of the football legend, seasoned men in his home country Argentina burst into tears on Wednesday. Thousands of people gathered in the capital Buenos Aires at the La Bombonera stadium of his former club Boca Juniors and the obelisk in the city center to commemorate their idol. On electronic billboards above the city motorway and in the subway entrances it was read: “Thank you, Diego”.
“Today is a very sad day for all Argentines,” said head of state Alberto Fernández on the television channel TyC Sports. “Diego represented Argentina in the world, he filled us with joy, and we will never be able to repay that.” The President ordered a three-day state mourning.
In front of the entrance to the Bombonera in the Boca waterfront, fans lit candles, laid flowers and hung rosaries. “He is a legend. We’ll miss him, ”said a woman named Patricia on TN TV. She sat on the floor, hugged her son and fought back tears. “He will be remembered as the greatest.” Maradona fan Diego said: “This is a tough blow. He was the greatest player in history. There will never be someone like him again. “
His supporters also gathered in front of the stadium of Maradona’s last club, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, to say goodbye on Wednesday. “We were lucky that fate gave us his last months here with us,” said a fan on television. «I feel great pain. I still can not believe it.”
From Thursday, the Argentines should be able to say goodbye to Maradona in the government palace Casa Rosada. This honor was last bestowed on ex-President Néstor Kirchner ten years ago. In the midst of the corona pandemic, the Argentine government is now expecting up to one million mourners.