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Thousands Of Football Fans Pay Final Respects To Diego Maradona In Buenos Aires

Thousands Of Football Fans Pay Final Respects To Diego Maradona In Buenos Aires

Thousands of football fans have paid their final respects to the legendary Diego Maradona in Argentina this morning.

His coffin is currently placed at Government House in Buenos Aires and the turnout has been remarkable.

A flurry of Boca Juniors fans, who Maradona played for twice in his career, are throwing their jerseys over his coffin which is adorned with the Argentina flag.

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Shouts of "Te amo [I love you], Diego!" are clear to hear and many fans have offered a prayer to the World Cup winner.

Security are ensuring all visitors maintain their distance, but the passion on display proves how adored Maradona is in his home country.

The service has been live for over an hour and there are still fans, old and young, turning up to say thank you and goodbye.

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President Alberto Fernandez has declared there will be three days of national mourning for Maradona, who is widely regarded as one of football's greatest ever players.

"You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of all. Thanks for having existed, Diego. We will miss you for a lifetime," he said in a statement on Twitter.

Supports of former club Napoli, who Maradona won two Serie A titles with, took to the streets on Wednesday night to celebrate the life of a club legend.

Fireworks and flares were set off near a mural of him and chants of his name rung loud into the night.

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Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and he has previous experience with Manchester United. He has spoken to some of the biggest names in sport including Rio Ferdinand, Peter Crouch, WWE COO Triple H and WWE legend The Undertaker. May or may not do a decent impression of Jamie Carragher.