Argentines Honour Diego Maradona With Mosaics [Photo]

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By Oyinlola Awonuga Balogun  (The New Diplomat’s Entertainment, Fashion and Sports Desk)

Part of argentines virtual art group called Comando Maradona, has launched and unveiled on Thursday, a colourful mural of soccer star Diego Maradona.

The launch and unveiling of the first mosaic is helping bring soccer star Diego Maradona back to life, with one mosaic tile at a time.

The Argentine football player and legend passed away on November 25 last year.

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The work, in front of the Argentinos Juniors stadium where Maradona played the early years of his career, is part of a series of mosaics the group has produced for the last three months, to honor the day of his death. “We are transforming our pain into a mural in a public space,” López Lauch, who makes up the group with Paula Soto and Gabriela Pereyra, told Reuters.

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The mosaics, made up of small tiles to ensure they are durable and easy to fix in case of vandalism, show Maradona in a jersey of one of the teams he played for, looking at the horizon. Residents from the community are invited to add the final pieces to the mosaics, a reflection of how Maradona was a national hero despite well-documented issues of addiction.

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“Maradona is a sample of Argentina, an imprint of our nation, part of our DNA, part of our blood,” López Lauch said. Maradona, a world champion with the Argentine team at the 1986 World Cup, died in November after battling illness from drug and alcohol addiction.

He was honored with a period of lying in state with thousands of people coming to pay their last respects.

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