Fernando, an Argentine, wears an Albiceleste number 10 jersey with an image of Diego Maradona on Friday to honor the second anniversary of the soccer legend’s death.
He is one of hundreds of Argentine fans paying tribute to the soccer legend in Qatar as the 22nd edition of the FIFA Men’s World Cup enters the second round of group stage matches. This is the first time since the 1978 World Cup that Argentina is without Diego Maradona.
Maradona’s former teammates, including Ricardo Giusti and Jorge Burruchaga, also gathered in Qatar to pay tribute to the former Napoli and Barcelona star.
Maradona died of cardiac arrest at age 60 on November 25, 2020, after battling drug and alcohol abuse for years.
Maradona played in four World Cups from 1982 to 1994 and was the coach of the national team in 2010. He led the team to the trophy in 1986.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino joined CONMEBOL, its President Alejandro Dominguez and members of Argentina’s two FIFA World Cup-winning teams in paying tribute to Maradona at the CONMEBOL exhibition at Doha’s Musherib Downtown .
He also suggested that, in future FIFA World Cup tournaments, a day be set aside to celebrate the achievements of Diego Maradona.
In Buenos Aires, a huge mural Maradona had already appeared wearing the national team jersey and with his right hand in a fist, with a defiant expression on his face.
The enormous work of art stands 148 feet tall and 131 feet wide (45 meters by 40 meters) and was painted on the side of a 14-story building in the Argentine capital.