Buenos Aires: A flying museum in honor of football great Diego Maradona takes to the skies.
The Tango D10S aircraft was introduced Wednesday evening before flying around Argentina for fans of Maradona to visit on the ground.
The exterior of the plane is decorated with images of Maradona who died in 2020 of a heart attack at the age of 60 after brain surgery, including one in which he wears the Argentina jersey and kisses the World Cup trophy he lifted in 1986.
The aircraft will also visit Barcelona and Naples, where Maradona led Napoli to Italy’s only two league titles in 1987 and 1990. Qatar, where the World Cup later this year, the plane will be the last stop in the tour.
England fans may not want to go everywhere. Drawings on the wings refer to the two goals Maradona scored in the quarter-final against England at the 1986 World Cup, the controversial Hand of God goal, followed by a superb individual effort that waltzed through the England team.
Inside the plane are memorabilia items that belonged to Maradona.
The plane, owned by a fintech company, was seen at the El Palomar airport outside Buenos Aires, along with Maradona’s family and some former Argentine teammates attending the ceremony.
We can’t believe or understand this madness said: Dalma Maradonaone of Maradona’s daughters.
“The love people have for him goes beyond what you can imagine.”
Dalma and her sister Gianinna were the first to board the plane. Visitors will have the chance to ask a number of previously selected questions to a Maradona hologram.
“When you’re here in Argentina, you don’t realize what Diego means to the rest of the world,” said Sergio Batista, a former teammate.
“It’s a beautiful tribute that the whole world will experience, the world loved him.”
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