Diego Maradona: Children seek to move legend from cemetery to mausoleum

Diego Maradona: Children seek to move legend from cemetery to mausoleum

Festus Chuma 12:00 - 04.05.2024

Diego Maradona's family requests his body be moved to a new mausoleum in Buenos Aires to allow public homage.

Football icon Diego Maradona's final resting place is set to be relocated following a formal request to Argentina's courts by his children. 

Maradona, who passed away in November 2020 at the age of 60, is currently buried in a private cemetery in San Miguel, northwest of Buenos Aires. 

However, his children, seeking a more accessible and secure location, have petitioned for his body to be moved to a newly planned mausoleum named Memorial del Diez.

 "All the heirs request by common agreement to authorize the transfer to his next destination of eternal rest... in a much safer place than the current one," read a note presented to the court, signed by Dalma and Gianinna Maradona, and Veronica Ojeda, the mother of Maradona's youngest son as per AP.

Veronica Ojeda shared with the media that the mausoleum would be open to the public, enhancing the accessibility for those who wish to honor the legendary player.

 "So that all the Argentine people and the citizens of the world can pay homage to our father who was the greatest Argentine idol," the family's statement added.

The proposed mausoleum will be situated behind the Casa Rosada which is the executive branch's seat in Argentina allowing fans from around the globe easier access to pay their respects.

Maradona's remarkable career is punctuated by his leading Argentina to victory at the 1986 World Cup, and his participation in four World Cups from 1982 to 1994. 

His coaching stint for the national team in 2010 further cemented his enduring influence in football.

The decision to move Maradona's remains comes on the heels of the announcement last October 30 on what would have been his 63rd birthday regarding the construction of the memorial. 

This initiative has been supported by an agreement among the national authorities, the city of Buenos Aires, and the Puerto Madero corporation, which generously provided a space for the mausoleum at no charge.

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