Diego Armando Maradona, is not just a name, but an emotion which unites people. Football is a sport which surpasses boundaries and its biggest icon, Maradona has carved a lasting place in the hearts and minds of millions of fans around the world.
Argentine Maradona’s magical left foot also won hearts of Bangladeshi fans, a country which is over 10,000 miles away from the great South American footballing nation. One of sports most celebrated icon Diego Maradona died of heart attack on Wednesday in Buenos Aires, less than a month after his 60th birthday.
Tributes have poured in after sudden demise of the 60-year-old footballing legend. Celebrities, sports stars and political figures paid their respects to the Argentinian. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday expressed her profound shock and sorrow at the death of Maradona. In a condolence message, the premier said, “The Argentine player, one of the best in the history of football, will always be in the hearts of football fans around the world.”
Diego Maradona’s coffin arrived at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires on Thursday, his casket was there draped in an Argentine flag and his famous no. 10 shirt. He was worshipped like a god for his genius with the ball, but his demons almost destroyed him. In short, Maradona witnessed both hell and heaven in his lifetime.
He once said, ‘I am black or white, I will never be grey in my life’. No! Diego Maradona has not turned grey for a single moment in his 60 years of life. As he left, he became more colourful. Today’s football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could not even dream of being admired as much as Diego Maradona was. After his death news, shock and sadness seem to have grapple the whole world. Tributes are pouring from every corner of the world.
Rising to stardom from a grimy Buenos Aires slum to lead Argentina to World Cup victory, Maradona was a rags-to-riches story in his football-mad homeland and gained the iconic status of fellow Argentines Che Guevara and Evita Peron.
One of the most gifted soccer players in history, Maradona’s pinnacle of glory came when he captained Argentina to win the World Cup in 1986 before plunging to misery when he was kicked out the 1994 World Cup for doping. No one can ever forget the moment, when Maradona dribbled past four England players to score that poetic goal in the Mexico 1986 World Cup, the whole world admired the genius with awe. And who can forget that infamous “hand of god” goal in the same match.
In the frigid soccer of today’s world, which detests defeat and forbids all fun, that man was one of the few who proved that fantasy too can be effective. He was the main childhood hero of a large generation in the eighties and nineties. With his death, the magician of football did not left alone but also took the childhood of many, which was painted by him. Farwell to a football genius who dominated the footballing world like no other.