Maradona buried near Buenos Aires on Thursday amid clashes
Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona was buried Thursday in a private ceremony attended by only two dozen people near the capital Buenos Aires.
Only family members and close friends were permitted at Jardín Bella Vista cemetery for the final religious ceremony and burial of Maradona next to the graves of his parents, Dalma and Diego.
The private funeral was a stark contrast to earlier in the day when tens of thousands of weeping fans filed past his coffin for hours.
Fans waving Argentine flags had gathered along roads as Maradona’s funeral car drove by under heavy security. Many tried to touch the vehicle whenever it was stopped by traffic.
The earlier viewing at the Argentine presidential mansion was halted shortly before 6 p.m., frustrating many who were waiting to pay their respects and causing new tensions at the gates of the cemetery.
The crowd overwhelmed organizers and the violence resulted in injuries and arrests, which led Maradona’s family to end the public visitation.
Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez has announced the country will go into three days of national mourning for Maradona.
Maradona died Wednesday of a heart attack in a house outside Buenos Aires where he had been recovering from a brain operation Nov. 3.
Arguably the greatest soccer player of all-time, Maradona is best known for leading Argentina to a World Cup title in 1986. In the quarterfinals, he scored the famous “Goal of the Century” against England, which is often said to be the greatest individual goal of all time.
Maradona was also involved in the controversial “Hand of God” goal during that World Cup.
One of the greatest football players of all time, Maradona had a troubled personal life marked by cocaine and alcohol addiction. He had successful surgery on a brain blood clot earlier in November and was to be treated for alcohol dependency.