Argentina went into mourning, on Wednesday, after the announcement of Maradona’s death, and the mourning would continue for 3 days, as the Argentine presidency announced.
The state of mourning for the late star spread to South America and the world, with many clubs and leagues announcing a minute of silence in appreciation of Maradona.
“There will be a flood of sadness all over the world,” Argentine sports writer, Marcela Araujo, told Sky News, adding that “those who love football were inclined to love Maradona.”
Araujo spent years watching and traveling with the Argentine football legend.
She considered that he was one of the “greatest personalities in the world” that was widely respected despite his contradictory personality, and said: “I was with him in many parts of the world where he was respected and appreciated, including remote areas in India and Bangladesh.”
Drugs an introduction to politics
And she continued, “He did everything on the field, and that was extraordinary, but the other side of his life included drug addiction and the decline to poverty.”
The Argentine soccer legend spent years of his life in the Cuban capital, Havana, to be treated for drug addiction.
Maradona was considered the late Cuban leader, Fidel Castro as his second father, and he tattooed the revolutionary leader Che Guevara on his arm.
With Castro and Chavez
And it seemed that a strange relationship began in 1987, between a footballer like Maradona and a leader who presented himself as a “revolutionary”, Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Castro urged Maradona to practice politics, but the Argentine star left the playground of life without achieving these demands, but he played a major role in supporting leaders of several countries in South America, such as Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and Evo Morales in Bolivia.
“Whatever Fidel does and everything Chávez does for me is the best (what can be done),” Maradona said on a weekly TV show in 2007.
“Castro was his ideal,” Alfredo Tedeschi, an Argentine TV producer who was close to Maradona during his stay in Havana, told Reuters. “It was as if he fell in love with Castro, then came Chavez, Morales and the rest.”
Morales hired Maradona to participate in a charity match in 2008, to support Bolivia’s campaign against FIFA’s ban on high-altitude matches in these countries, and the ban was later canceled.
In 2018, the late Argentine star said he was considering entering politics, and was closely associated with former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.