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Kannur to Kolkata, fans pay tribute to Maradona in their own ways

Written by Shaju Philip
| Thiruvananthapuram |

November 27, 2020 2:31:33 am





Fans pay tribute to Maradona in Kolkata on Thursday. (Express picture by Partha Paul)

From West Bengal to Kerala, soccer fans in the nation Thursday mourned the passing of Diego Maradona, extensively considered one of many best gamers of the game.

Tributes poured in from politicians, sports activities personalities and fans. While West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled his dying with a Facebook submit, the Kerala authorities introduced two-day mourning in the state’s sports activities sector and appealed to everybody in the fraternity to be part of as a mark of tribute.

The Argentine participant had a large fan following in each Kerala and Bengal. He had visited Kolkata twice—in 2008 and 2017—setting off scenes of mass jubilation throughout his appearances.

He additionally got here to the southern state’s Kannur for 2 days in October 2012 for a personal occasion. Here, too, he had acquired a hero’s welcome, with fans converging on the stadium three days prior to the occasion.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed grief over the dying and stated his fans all over the world would miss the soccer legend.

Banerjee posted: ‘My deepest condolences to his household, mates and numerous fans all over the world. The total soccer household has misplaced one in every of its greats.”

CPM chief Shamik Lahiri recalled his interactions with Maradona when he had visited the participant’s residence in Argentina.

“Three of us went to meet him to invite him to Kolkata. He hugged all of us in such a way that we are like his old acquaintances. Instead of five minutes, our meeting lasted for an hour,” stated Lahiri.

Maradona, who wore his Communist leanings on his sleeve and idolised Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, had additionally met former West Bengal Chief Minister and CPM chief Jyoti Basu in 2008.

“I remember I had told him that we also have a Communist legend, Jyoti Basu, and he is like Fidel Castro for us. He immediately expressed interest in meeting Basu. The time slot was only for 10 minutes for the meeting. However, the meeting extended for an hour,” stated Lahiri.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly tweeted {a photograph} of him with Maradona throughout his second go to to Kolkata.

“My hero no more… my mad genius rest in peace. I watched football for you,” wrote Ganguly.

Football golf equipment in Kolkata held prayer conferences and garlanded the footballer’s statue in town.

In Kannur, a lodge suite the place Maradona had stayed throughout the 2012 journey has been maintained as a museum since then.

At room 309 of the Blue Nile Hotel, all gadgets touched or utilized by the footballer have been preserved in show containers. These embrace a bouquet he was given throughout his reception, balls together with his signature and plates he used to dine throughout the keep.

Blue Nile managing director V Raveendran stated: “The remains of the seafood which he had consumed are also preserved for display. The Maradona suite is allotted only to those who are ready to ensure that all artefacts would be kept intact. We get bookings from football fans who come with the dream of staying in a room used by the legend.”– With PTI inputs from Kolkata

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