Argentina and the world mourn the passing of Diego Maradona

SMA News – Buenos Aires

Diego Maradona, perhaps the most talked-about footballer in the history of the game, died on Wednesday, aged 60.

Fans gathered in central Buenos Aires on Thursday to pay their last respects to their football hero.

Some mourners breaking through crowd control barriers in their eagerness to file past Maradona’s coffin inside the presidential palace.

Argentina’s favourite son, Maradona was as controversial as he was gifted. He died at home, according to his agent and friend Matías Morla.

The 5 feet 5-inch football wizard had been recovering from an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain and was most recently discharged from hospital near Buenos Aires on 11 November.

Argentina will observe three days of national mourning, the office of the country’s president said.

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