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Thousands line to wish football legend, Maradona farewell

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The weeping fans gathered outside as Maradonaโ€™s coffin was lifted out of an ambulance and brought into the palace on Wednesday night.

Argentina that has declared three days of mourning for its soccer idol Diego Maradona is according him all the paraphernalia of state burial, as the lying-in-state begins today.

Maradonaโ€™s body arrived at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina early today for the lying-in-state, with thousands of grieving Argentines queueing to say the final goodbye.

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Maradona, regarded worldwide as a football genius died on Wednesday at the age of 60.

The mourners file past a barricade (where maradona’s coffin laid) at the Presidential palace.

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Video streamed by Argentine paper La Nacion showed the people, wearing face masks, entering a room in the palace to file past the coffin draped in Argentina colours.

crowd mobs the ambulance that brought the coffin to the presidential palace

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People kept vigil overnight outside of the presidential palace to pay Maradona their last respects

It is expected to lie in state for three-days.

Others gathered outside the Buenos Aires stadium where Maradona began his career and which has since been renamed in his honour, setting up a makeshift shrine to celebrate Argentinaโ€™s legendary number 10.

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His death has also been keenly felt in Europe, especially in Naples where he steered an unfashionable side to two Italian league titles and where fans let off flares in tribute outside the stadium last night.

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Regarded by some as the greatest player of all time, Maradona combined awesome footballing ability with a flair for showmanship and a turbulent personal life marked by drug and alcohol problems.

An autopsy report leaked to Argentine media said he died in his sleep after suffering heart failure, only two weeks after leaving hospital following surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain.

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I hope we play again ‘in the sky’ – Pele mourns Maradona

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Pele had wished Maradona well on his birthday on October 30, writing, โ€œMay your journey be long and may you always smile, and make me smile, too!โ€

Brazilian football great Pele mourned his fellow legend Diego Maradona after the Argentine died Wednesday, saying he hoped they would โ€œplay together in the skyโ€ one day.

โ€œSad news today. I have lost a dear friend, and the world has lost a legend,โ€ Pele wrote on Instagram, alongside a picture of Maradona hoisting the World Cup trophy in 1986.

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โ€œThere is much more to say, but for now may God give his family strength. One day, I hope, we will play soccer together in the sky.โ€

Pele and Maradona, who often vie for the title of best footballer in history, had just celebrated milestone birthdays last month: 80 and 60, respectively.

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Maradona had likewise congratulated Pele on his 80th a week before, joining in what he called โ€œthe universal tribute to the King.โ€

The Brazilian and Argentine were jointly named best player of the 20th century by FIFA in 2000.

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Argentine legend, Diego Maradona dies at 60.

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Maradona underwent brain surgery at the start of November and his lawyer said he would continue to be treated for alcohol dependency.

Argentine legend, Diego Amado Maradona dies at age 60 after crucial heart attack. NoRM‘s Sport deck can confirm

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The Argentine FA confirmed the news in a statement on Twitter which read: “The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona.

"You will always be in our hearts."

The 1986 World Cup winner had an emergency operation for a subdural hematoma, which is an accumulation of blood between a membrane and his brain.

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Maradona was initially admitted to another clinic in La Plata with signs of depression, anemia and dehydration, before being moved to Olivos when the subdural hematoma was discovered.

Dr Luque said an accident likely caused the subdural hematoma but that Maradona did not recall any falls or mishaps.

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Maradona felt ill on October 30 while coaching first-division team Gimnasia y Esgrima. He had left before the end of the first half, raising questions about his health.

Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford paid tribute on Twitter, while Gary Lineker wrote: “By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time. After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego”

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