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“Thank you, Maradona!” Iván Duque, president of Colombia, joined the long list of world personalities who gave the last goodbye to the Argentine star, Diego Armando Maradona, who died at his home in Buenos Aires, on November 25, due to a cardiorespiratory arrest .

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“Diego leaves an indelible history in football and a life full of setbacks, sadness and losses that he tried to overcome many times. We will never forget the page that he left for eternity in the history of football ”, The president expressed last Friday, through his Instagram account.

Duque’s message is accompanied by a video in which the former Argentine footballer, winner of the World Cup in Mexico in 1986, begins singing accompanied by a band. Throughout the clip, various moments in the life of the ‘ten’ are appreciated in which he enjoys his family and dedicates himself to his devotion: football.

The Colombian president was not the only one who reacted to the death of the legendary soccer player. Among those who have spoken are Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva, former president of Brazil; , leader of the Venezuelan regime; , former president of Bolivia; Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government of Spain; Giussepe Conte, President of the Council of Ministers of Italy; and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president of Mexico, among others.

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Duque and football

The message of President Duque on Instagram with which he fired Maradona

Iván Duque and football. Photo: Courtesy Caracol

Colombian citizens know the passion that President Iván Duque feels for soccer. Some people empathize with his fondness for the sport, while others criticize that it was a distraction from the pressing issues of the country on the campaign trail.

After being elected as president, one of Duque’s first visits was to an iconic world football stadium: the Santiago Bernabéu. The now president was accompanied on that occasion by the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez, and a historical of the white team: Emilio Butragueño.

Duque tried to do the ’21’ and ‘cabecitas’, tricks that he had already used in the campaign. In confidence, the Colombian president asked Butragueño how many “heads” he could make. The star of the Madrid team responded in a way that plagued social networks with reactions at the time:

“I, nothing, I used my head to think, not to hit.”

Between guitars, soccer balls and crocs, the campaign events prior to the election of the current president of Colombia focused on his personality and personal tastes. In some cases, his interviews with the media focused on his interests, which caused criticism among Colombians.

An example of this was the media interview on La FM, directed by Luis Carlos Vélez, in which they performed a dynamic in which the now president would have to guess the rock song, because the candidate’s interest in the subject was previously known.


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