Buenos Aires: Diego Maradona has been buried in a private ceremony attended by only two dozen people — a stark contrast to the scenes where tens of thousands of weeping fans filed past his coffin earlier in the day.
Only family members and close friends were permitted at Jardín Bella Vista cemetery for the final religious ceremony and burial of the football legend next to the graves of his parents, Dalma and Diego.
Thousands of fans and admirers fled through Casa Rosada, placing bouquets next to the coffin or memorabilia from teams Maradona played in or coached, such as Boca Juniors and Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata.
Diego, siempre vas a ser #Eterno en nuestros corazones.
Gracias por todo 💙🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/IDgheHobi4
— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) November 26, 2020
Maradona died at his home in the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires on Wednesday at the age of 60, after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Argentina President Alberto Fernandez paid his respects to Maradona as his body laid in state at Casa Rosada, the presidential headquarters in the capital.
On Thursday, the President arrived at Casa Rosada accompanied by his wife Fabiola Yanez and placed the Argentinos Juniors team jersey with Maradona’s number 10 on the coffin.
Fernandez is a fan of the Argentinos Juniors club, where Maradona debuted in the First Division on October 20, 1976, when he was 15 years old.
Maradona, who led Argentina to victory at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
He was particularly well-known for the two goals he scored against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final.
One was later voted “Goal of the Century”, while the other is generally referred to as the “Hand of God”, a reference to the fact that the goal should have been disallowed for handball.