The tributes to Diego Armando Maradona multiplied after his death in November last year. This is still the case several months later, tributes continue to appear in different parts of the world.
But in one instance, there is a tribute which will be very particular considering the context of rivalry that many believe the player had with a neighboring country.
Tribute in Brazil?
This time, neither more nor less than in the most important city of Brazil, eternal soccer rival of the Argentine National Team, where a square will bear his name.
Rio de Janeiro is the largest city in Brazil will have a statue of the Pibe de Oro in a square that bears his name, right in front of the Argentine consulate in Botafogo beach.
The promoter of the law was Philip Michel, a former soccer player who deeply admires Diego: “Maradona has always been one of my idols. We saw the tribute they gave him at the Copa América, something that reinforces the importance of the Argentine star in the history of world sport. I am very happy to have promoted the construction of this square, which will undoubtedly become a tourist place ”.
The law for the construction of space it was enacted last Thursday, after a first veto by the mayor. It will be built in front of the Argentine consulate in Rio de Janeiro, on Botafogo beach, between via Farani and the San Tiago Dantas viaduct. In addition, the project plans to place a statue of Maradona on the site.
“This tribute makes us deeply happy because Maradona liked Brazil a lot, he had many friends here and he highly respected the great idols of Brazilian football. Gestures like this are proof of the close ties between Brazil and Argentina and symbolize the feeling of brotherhood between our peoples, ”said Argentine consul Claudio Gutiérrez, as reported Diário do Rio.
Diego and his past with Brazil
Maradona has a very interesting past with Brazil and even with several Brazilian players. Many there remember him for having been the culprit for the elimination of “Scratch” in the World Cup in Italy as he was the one who gave him a great pass from Claudio Caniggia, who scored the winning goal at Stadio delle Alpi in Turin.
One of you can remember from Renato Gaúcho. He showed his affinity for the Argentine star when he was coach of Gremio, who wore the Argentina jersey in a match for his team days after Maradona passed away.
Maradona also had a sense of humor in several commercials he did for Brazil. One of the most recognized was one of a drink from that country in which he is seen “singing” the anthem of that country while “wearing the shirt” verdeamarelha in a dream.
The relationship he had with that country’s soccer star, Pelé, is also remembered. The latter expressed his grief at the death of Maradona repeatedly on social media.
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