The private funeral ceremony of Diego Maradona was held on Thursday evening (Dutch time) at the Bella Vista cemetery just outside the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires.
Maradona, who died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday at the age of sixty, was buried in the family grave where his parents are. Only relatives and some friends of the legendary former football player were present at the ceremony.
Maradona’s body was transferred to the presidential palace on Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires on the night from Wednesday to Thursday. Tens of thousands of Argentines gathered there to say goodbye to their hero.
It led to long lines in front of Casa Rosada. When riots broke out there, the palace was closed. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.
Argentine media initially reported that the funeral might be postponed because so many people still wanted to pay a final greeting to Maradona. Nevertheless, the funeral procession set course for the cemetery at the beginning of the evening as planned.
Due to Maradona’s death, the Argentine government declared three days of national mourning on Wednesday. Maradona, who was active as a player from 1976 to 1997, is seen by many as the best footballer of all time.