Montevideo, 26 Nov (EFE) .- Uruguay’s President Luis Lacalle Pou reminded Diego Armando Maradona, who died on Wednesday at 60, as “a great football player” and noted that, after learning about the news, he saw the famous video of the warming up with Naples while he dominates the ball to the rhythm of the song “Life is life” by Austrian group Opus.
Despite this, the president said Thursday that he was not thrilled or hit hard by the news of the death of the Argentine star, whom he only recognized as an excellent footballer and did not want to refer to other topics in Maradona’s life.
“ He’s a footballer, an idol of crowds. I am President of the Republic, I don’t have to say on those issues,” said Lacalle Pou, adding that perhaps in a particular talk I would.
Diego Armando Maradona Franco, who was born on October 30, 1960, died at the age of 60 in a house in the province of Buenos Aires where he was after his medical discharge on November 11 after having surgery on his head because of a chronic subdural hematoma.
The Argentine legend is being veiled at Casa Rosada, home of the government, while thousands of fans are doing very long lines in the streets of Buenos Aires to be able to say the last farewell to Maradona.
The coffin is wrapped with the Argentine flag, a shirt from the national team and one from the Boca Juniors -club he loved all his life-, to which he joined a few hours ago that of Argentinos Juniors, team in which he debuted, after the president of the country, Alberto Fernández, wore a coat to place it there and fire him.
Fernández is a renowned Argentinos Juniors fan and great admirer of Maradona who, in addition to leaving his team’s shirt, he also placed a pair of white scarves, symbol of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo.
The Maradona wake, which began early in the morning, will run until 16.00 local time (19.00 GMT) and hundreds of thousands of people are expected to greet this idol which, since Wednesday, is cried by an entire country.
( c) EFE Agency