The Argentine presidency declared a state of mourning for 3 days following the death of legend Diego Armando Maradona.
Alberto Fernandez, president of Argentina, clarified that nothing official was planned about the funeral or the public farewell yet.
“What I have asked is to speak with the family, and to open the state doors for Diego,” the president said in statements carried by the Argentine “Ole” website.
He explained he had contacted Christian Malaspania, president of Argentinos Juniors – his first club – to prepare for the stadium to host Maradona’s funeral if his family allowed.
“He only gave us happiness. We owe him forever. He gave us nothing but happiness,” the country’s president told the Argentine TV channel TyC Sports.
He added, “He was a man of genius and defended what he wanted. This is pure Maradona.”
He continued, “He visited me last February and talked about football and Chiminasia.”
The country’s president also posted on his Twitter account an obituary to Maradona, in which he said: “You took us to the top of the world. You made us thrilled. You were the greatest.”
“Thanks for being there, Diego. We’ll miss you for life.”
Nos llevaste a lo más alto del mundo. Nos hiciste inmensamente felices. Fuiste el más grande de todos.
Gracias por haber existido, Diego. Te vamos a extrañar toda la vida. pic.twitter.com/pAf38sRlGC
— Alberto Fernández (@alferdez) November 25, 2020
The Argentine legend died at his home after suffering a heart attack at 60.
Maradona had undergone surgery in Argentina early this month after suffering a brain hemorrhage and was discharged after 8 days from the hospital.
A CT scan revealed a hematoma known as a hemorrhage in the brain.