More than one million Argentine nationals are expected to flock to the last drop off of Argentina’s football hero Diego Maradona, who died of a heart attack, the BBC and local media in Argentina reported on the 26th (local time).
Maradona’s body is enshrined in the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, the capital. At 6 am on this day, the condolences of the general public began. From the night before the start of the condolences, fans have already lined up in front of the presidential palace, and the number of condolences has increased, according to local media. According to EFE news, tens of thousands of memorial crowds lined up over 3km around the presidential palace. Argentine authorities predict that up to 1 million people will visit this place during the three days of national mourning for Maradona.
Maradona’s casket is covered with an Argentinean flag and a uniform with his number 10 on his back. Numerous uniforms were piled up around the coffin. All of them are clothes that the mourners threw away in honor of Maradona. Argentine President Alberto Fernandez also attended a condolence procession and covered Maradona’s coffin with the Argentine Junior team uniform, which was his first team to join a professional footballer.
According to the Associated Press, Maradona’s ex-wife and children, teammates and soccer players also saw him off before the visitor continued. She said goodbye to Maradona with her ex-wife Claudia Villapane and her two daughters Dharma and Gianna. Another ex-wife, Veronica Oheda and son Diegoto Fernando, visited. In the 1986 World Cup championship team, former colleagues, such as Oscar Rugeri, also stood at the front of the Maradona memorial procession.
Local police are preparing for an emergency. During the condolence process on this day, the crowd gathered for memorial service clashed twice.
Argentine soccer hero Maradona,’God’s Hand’, was recovering after undergoing brain surgery on the 3rd. He passed away on the 25th at the young age of 60 at his home in a suburb of Buenos Aires.
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