The football legend, Maradona, tragic death on Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest has seen thousands line in the streets of Buenos airing emotional scenes at his funeral.
On Thursday, the Argentine football legend Maradona was laid to rest in a private ceremony attended by only two dozen of people. This is however as stark contrast after thousands gathered in Buenos Aires to bid farewell to the legend.
“Diego is not dead. Diego lives in the people”. People chanted as the coffin was taken away from the presidential palace, beginning its journey to Maradona’s final resting place.
Fans waving Argentina flags had gathered along roads as Maradona funeral car drove by under heavy security. Many tried to touch the vehicle whenever it was stopped by traffic.
Hundreds of fans blocked entry to the cemetery before the arrival of Maradona’s casket, dancing and chanting as police moved in to open away. The crowd continued making noise after the final ceremony began.
He is revered in his home country, where he will forever be immortalized for his larger-than-life personality.
Being a true legend of the game, Maradona has had countless fans including many current footballers, pundits, and managers. Consequently, among his many other achievements, he won the World Cup victory in 1986 with Argentina and twice landed the Scudetto with Napoli.
Meanwhile, there has been outrage after a funeral worker took a picture with Maradona body in the coffin. Diego Molina was snapped holding his thumb up whole he also allowed two others to take a picture with the Argentine legend.
According to Globovision reporter, Jensser Morales, he reported that the man has now been fired from his job.
Diego Picon, the manager of the Sepelios Pinier funeral parlor, has insisted that the three men were outsourced employees.
“He, (Molina) is not an employee here. He is a third party who only helped us load the coffin because it weighs a lot”.