Late Argentine football legend Diego Maradona will have his own memorial site. The passing of the 1986 World Cup-winner in 2020 sent ripples through Argentina and the world, as football fans across the globe mourned for the legend. Last Monday, almost 3 years after his death, Maradona’s descendants announced the start of a project to build a resting site for El Pelusa, as he was affectionately known.
“Today we want to announce the beginning of the Memorial Project”, they said in a statement published on Maradona’s Instagram account. “This is where our father will find eternal rest close to the love of the Argentine people.”
The site, which will be called “Memorial M10”, will be located at the Explanada del Bajo in Buenos Aires City. Construction is set to be finished by 2025. The announcement was attended by four of Maradona’s children, Dalma, Gianinna, Jana, and Dieguito Fernando.
Musician Juanse Gutiérrez sang an acoustic version of “Para siempre Diego”, the song his band “Ratones Paranoicos” recorded with the player known as El Diez. “Maradona Memorial, an emotional moment that makes me relive the most wonderful images of my life,” wrote the singer-songwriter on Instagram. “We will always miss you because there was a before and after you, Diego.”
Maradona’s heirs thanked Argentina’s national authorities, as well as the Buenos Aires City government and the Puerto Madero Corporation for their collaboration and commitment. “We participated in the signing of the corresponding commitments and a tribute to begin this new stage, a way of honoring his legacy and fulfilling his will,” said the statement.
The Instagram post also thanked the public for their show of love towards Maradona. “Our father is present in every mural, tattoo, song, and tribute. Thanks to the Maradona community for their continuous love.”