The death of Diego Maradona, who died this Wednesday at the age of 60, has impacted Argentina and the world and leaves orphans to the millions of people who admired the sports career considered by many to be the best soccer player on the planet.
Three days of mourning has declared the Argentine president, Alberto Fernández, in memory of who was already a legend in life and now, with his death, revives the memories of glory that he wrote with his boots in the great history of Argentine sports.
At noon this Wednesday, in an Argentina going through the economic crisis and pandemic, the news of Maradona’s death it shook the media and social networks like an earthquake.
“Maradona died.” Like a tsunami, the headline circled the world in minutes, a world that even today, more than three decades after its peak As an athlete, he continues to recognize him, almost without exception, as the greatest footballer of all time.
Even the Brazilian Pelé, almost the only one who disputes that title with Maradona, recognized him as a world “legend” and expressed his wish to one day to be able to play together “in heaven”.
Also Leo Messi, the best footballer in activity, expressed his sadness for the death of Maradona: “He leaves us but does not leave, because the Diego is eternal “.
The reactions of footballers and clubs around the world have been joined by those of great figures from other sports, as well as entertainment and political figures in memory of a “icon” of Argentine popular culture that has transcended, by far, the merely sports.
“You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of all. Thank you for having existed, Diego. We are going to miss you forever “, President Alberto Fernández wrote, who also published a photo in which Maradona is seen hugging him, whose professional career began in Argentinos Juniors, the “love club” of the head of state.
After receiving medical discharge
Maradona, world champion with Argentina in Mexico 1986, died this Wednesday, at age 60, in a house in a gated community from the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires.
The person who directed Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata as a coach had moved to that house on the 11th after receiving medical discharge after several days entered in two health centers, first for a picture of anemia, dehydration and “low mood” and then for a subdural hematoma for which he was operated.
Maradona had also suffered in recent weeks “some episodes of confusion “ that doctors associated with “a withdrawal picture.”
The former athlete was for many years under drug addiction treatment, even in Cuba, where he befriended Fidel Castro, who died, by coincidence, on a day like today, exactly four years ago.
Local media attributed the death to a heart attack and they reported that Maradona received emergency medical assistance at his home, although at the moment neither his family nor those close to him have confirmed the circumstances of the death and it is expected that the body will be subjected to an autopsy this afternoon.
Argentina prepares for goodbye
While Argentina tries to get out of the consternation, the followers of the deceased star were already summoned by social networks to move to the foot of the emblematic Obelisk capital and pay homage to his idol there.
They also did at the gates of various football stadiums, like the Argentino Juniors court, in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of La Paternal, or in La Bombonera, the Boca Juniors stadium, the club where Maradona played and of which he was a fan.
Diego Maradona will be veiled from Thursday in the Pink House from Buenos Aires, as announced by the president of Argentina himself, Alberto Fernández, who also confirmed that he has decreed three days of national mourning.
The only athlete veiled in the Casa Rosada until now was the five-time Formula 1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio, in July 1995.
Even Pope Francis remembered “with affection” and “in prayer” to his compatriot, according to the spokesman for the Holy See, Matteo Bruni.
This Wednesday there will be no Argentine who does not remember the exploits of “El 10” and who does not miss a tear recalling the mythical goal to the English in Mexico 86, that “cosmic kite” that this Wednesday soared up into eternity.