A year after football legend Diego Maradona died of a heart attack at the age of 60, Buenos Aires, Argentina, paid tribute to him.
“Today is the first anniversary of your leaving. Your everlasting memory will live on in the hearts of Argentines for the rest of their lives. Diego, we miss you “On Thursday evening, the Argentine Football Association announced it on Twitter.
Boca Juniors, where Maradona played from 1981 to 1982 and again from 1995 to 1997, released a film featuring highlights of the legend with the message, “You never left us, you are in the heart of every fan.”
Lionel Messi, the current Argentina national team captain, posted a photo of himself wearing an Albiceleste shirt with a Maradona portrait on the breast. According to Xinhua, the Instagram photo was accompanied by the phrase “Eternal Diego.” “It feels like it was only yesterday,” Messi stated later in an interview with the Spanish tabloid Marca.
“It’s unbelievable that a year has passed, and it also appears to be fate that Argentina is championing (of the Copa America) after so many years (without a trophy) exactly while he isn’t here.”
Maradona died less than a month after undergoing brain surgery in Buenos Aires to remove a blood clot. Several doctors and nurses have been charged with criminal negligence in his treatment and care.
Dalma, the former star’s eldest daughter, told her 1.7 million Instagram followers that “justice is all I ask for” on the first anniversary of his death.
“For a year, the world has been more dreadful because you aren’t here,” she remarked.
On Thursday morning, the family of the 1986 World Cup winner met at a church in Garin, near Buenos Aires, for a memorial liturgy.
“We don’t come to celebrate death; we come to celebrate life,” Father Adrian Guedes stated during the event. “We come to celebrate life, the life that Diego left us, the life that Diego gave us, and the life that Diego lives in his presence.”
Diego Fernando, Maradona’s youngest son, paid a visit to his father’s tomb in the Jardin de Bella Vista cemetery in northern Buenos Aires with his mother, Veronica Ojeda.
“We came to pay a visit to little Diego’s father,” Ojeda told reporters.
Argentine football supporters congregated at several locations across the country to pay tribute to the former Boca Juniors, Barcelona, and Napoli legend, including La Bombonera stadium, where his beloved Boca was born.
Officials indicated tributes would be paid at this weekend’s matches in the Primera Division, Spain’s premier football division.
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