Football legend, Diego Armando Maradona has been laid to rest after thousands of fans lined the streets of Buenos Aires to pay their respects as his coffin was driven to the cemetery on Thursday, November 26th.
Football legend, Diego Maradona laid to rest in private ceremony in Buenos Aires (photos)
The former Barcelona and Napoli star died of a heart attack aged 60 on Wednesday November 25, just two weeks after being discharged from hospital for a bleed on his brain.
An autopsy report said he died in his sleep after suffering heart failure, only two weeks after leaving hospital following surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain.
Thousands of fans packed the streets around the presidential palace where Maradona lay in state on Thursday and thousands more lined the highways to catch a glimpse of his hearse as it was being escorted by police vehicles.
Maradona’s daughters Dalma, 33, and Giannina, 31, by his first wife and childhood sweetheart Claudia Villafane, were pictured wiping tears as they left for the funeral.
Maradona, regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, was the inspiration for Argentina’s World Cup success in Mexico in 1986, winning the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.