Football legend, Diego Maradona laid to rest in private ceremony in Buenos Aires (photos)

Argentine legendary Footballer, Diego Armando Maradona has finally been laid to rest after fans came out in their numbers in the streets of Buenos Aires to pay their last respects as his coffin was driven to the cemetery on Thursday, November 26, 2020.

According to reports, the Argentina football superstar and 1986 World Cup winner was buried at the Jardin Bella Vista cemetery, in Buenos Aires province, where his parents were also buried. The private ceremony was attended by family and close friends.

Maradona died of a heart attack at the age of 60 on Wednesday November 25, just 2 weeks after he was discharged from the hospital for a bleed on his brain.

An autopsy report said he passed away in his sleep after suffering heart failure, only 2 weeks after leaving hospital following surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain. 

Medics also detected dilated cardiomyopathy, a medical condition in which the heart muscle becomes weakened and enlarged and can’t pump enough blood to the rest of the body.

Thousands of fans filled up the streets around the presidential palace where the former Barcelona and Napoli star 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 cars.

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. 

Diego Maradona is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time. He was the inspiration for Argentina’s World Cup success in Mexico in 1986, winning the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.

He also led his country to the final of the 1990 tournament in Italy although his international playing career ended when he failed a drug test at the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

Maradona played club football for Napoli, Boca Juniors and Barcelona among others, and was adored by millions of fans for his football talent.

During his days with Italian side Napoli, he won the Serie A title in 1987 and 1990, along with an Italian Cup in 1987 and a Uefa Cup in 1991.

In 1999 and 2000 Maradona was taken to the hospital after suffering heart problems, the second time requiring a respirator to breathe.

In 2004, he was again treated in the hospital for severe heart and respiratory problems reportedly linked to his drug abuse. 

He underwent 2 gastric bypass operations to control his weight and received treatment for alcohol abuse.

In January 2020, Maradona had surgery to stem bleeding in his stomach, and in July he underwent a knee operation. 

He is survived by 5 children and his former wife, 58-year-old Claudia Villafane, whom he split with in 2004 after twenty years of marriage.

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