Argentines Honour Maradona at Lying In State




Argentines and fans around the world have continued to mourn late football legend Diego Maradona as his coffin arrives at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires for a period of lying-in-state.

 
Argentina's President, Alberto Fernandez in an interview after declaring three days of national mourning said: “Today’s a bad day. A very sad day for all Argentines.” 
 
While expecting his coffin, hundreds of people were already lining up to pay their respects to Maradona who died on Wednesday at 60 following a heart attack.

Football fans screamed as the hearse carrying the coffin of Maradona arrived at a funeral parlour in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

At 10pm local time on Wednesday, Buenos Aires exploded in cheers, horns, sirens and lights for the man who famously wore the number 10, after a viral social media message called for “one last applause”.

It was reported that the homage resounded throughout the night in all the neighbourhoods of the capital.

At the Diego Maradona stadium, home to the Argentinos Juniors club where Maradona played as a child and made his debut as a professional player, fireworks were launched as a large crowd flooded into the field to the cry of “Maradooo, Maradooo”.

Earlier, fans searching for a place to grieve gravitated towards the Obelisk landmark in downtown Buenos Aires and the Bombonera, the steep-sided cauldron of a stadium that is home to Boca Juniors, where Maradona’s genius was forged.

Francisco Salaverry, speaking to a foreign news agency, said: “I can’t believe it. It’s incredible. One thinks one gets through any storm, but no, everyone ends up being mortal. It feels like a bad dream. A joke."

All around the city, the mourning had already begun as fans stood forlornly beside banners in homage to the legend, showing Maradona in his dashing prime.

Many of the banners simply said D10S, a play on the Spanish word “dios” for “God” that includes Maradona’s jersey number.

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