MARADONA

La Bombonera pays moving birthday tribute to Diego Maradona

The Argentine league game against Gimnasia was held up in the 10th minute of the game on what would have been Maradona's 61st birthday.

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Argentine football spent the weekend holding celebrations to mark the birthday of late soccer star Diego Maradona, with matches across the country being paused and clubs and fans dressing to remember the controversial superstar.

The former Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona player died on Nov. 20 last year from a heart attack. His death was widely mourned in Argentina, which he led to triumph in the 1986 World Cup.

"Today, 61 years since his birth, his memory is more present than ever," the Argentine Football Association wrote. "Because Diego is eternal."

The most poignant event took place at La Bombonera as Boca Juniors faced Gimnasia, the club where Maradona managed before his passing with a truly moving celebration to remember the Argentine legend.