Argentina celebrates Maradona one year after his death

  • A fan prepares to ride off in his motorcycle next to a mural depicting late soccer star Diego Maradona outside the "Estrella de Fiorito" club, his first club, in the Fiorito neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, on the one-year anniversary of the soccer legend's death.

    A fan prepares to ride off in his motorcycle next to a mural depicting late soccer star Diego Maradona outside the "Estrella de Fiorito" club, his first club, in the Fiorito neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, on the one-year anniversary of the soccer legend's death. Associated Press

  • A mural depicts the late soccer star Diego Maradona, left, and Lionel Messi, with a message that reads in Spanish, "He has left us, but he is not gone because Diego is eternal," outside the "Estrella de Fiorito" club, Maradona's first club, in the Fiorito neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, on the one-year anniversary of the soccer legend's death.

    A mural depicts the late soccer star Diego Maradona, left, and Lionel Messi, with a message that reads in Spanish, "He has left us, but he is not gone because Diego is eternal," outside the "Estrella de Fiorito" club, Maradona's first club, in the Fiorito neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, on the one-year anniversary of the soccer legend's death. Associated Press

  • A worker laughs while loading crates onto a truck next to a mural depicting the late soccer star Diego Maradona outside the "Estrella de Fiorito" club, his first club, in the Fiorito neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, on the one-year anniversary of the soccer legend's death.

    A worker laughs while loading crates onto a truck next to a mural depicting the late soccer star Diego Maradona outside the "Estrella de Fiorito" club, his first club, in the Fiorito neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, on the one-year anniversary of the soccer legend's death. Associated Press

  • A fans takes a photo, as the owner of the house where the late soccer star Diego Maradona grew up, stands in the front yard next to a mural that reads in Spanish, "House of God", in the Fiorito neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, marking the one-year anniversary of the soccer legend's death.

    A fans takes a photo, as the owner of the house where the late soccer star Diego Maradona grew up, stands in the front yard next to a mural that reads in Spanish, "House of God", in the Fiorito neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, marking the one-year anniversary of the soccer legend's death. Associated Press

  • Fans pay their tribute on the occasion of the first anniversary of Diego Armando Maradona's death, in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. Former Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona died of a heart attack on Nov. 25, 2020 at the age of 60, two weeks after being released from an Argentine hospital following brain surgery. (Alessandro Garofalo/LaPresse via AP)

    Fans pay their tribute on the occasion of the first anniversary of Diego Armando Maradona's death, in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. Former Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona died of a heart attack on Nov. 25, 2020 at the age of 60, two weeks after being released from an Argentine hospital following brain surgery. (Alessandro Garofalo/LaPresse via AP) Associated Press

  • A giant mural of Diego Armando Maradona stands out in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021 hours ahead of the first anniversary of his death. Former Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona died of a heart attack on Nov. 25, 2020 at the age of 60, two weeks after being released from an Argentine hospital following brain surgery. (Alessandro Garofalo/LaPresse via AP)

    A giant mural of Diego Armando Maradona stands out in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021 hours ahead of the first anniversary of his death. Former Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona died of a heart attack on Nov. 25, 2020 at the age of 60, two weeks after being released from an Argentine hospital following brain surgery. (Alessandro Garofalo/LaPresse via AP) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 11/25/2021 12:52 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina marked the one-year anniversary of the death of soccer legend Diego Maradona on Thursday with ceremonies, tributes, graffiti murals and emotional messages on social media.

Maradona died of a heart attack at the age of 60 after having brain surgery two weeks earlier. Seven health professionals who tended to the star are facing criminal charges after a medical report said Maradona did not receive adequate treatment.

 

'The world has been more horrible for a year because you are not here," Maradona's eldest daughter Dalma wrote on Instagram.

Maradona's youngest son, 8-year-old Diego Fernando, visited his father's grave in the Jardín de Bella Vista private cemetery.

'I came so Dieguito said hi to his father,' his mother Verónica Ojeda told journalists.

One of Maradona's brothers, Raul Alfredo, also visited the grave of the World Cup winner, who played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell's Old Boys.

Maradona's four sisters attended a religious mass.

Argentina's national team also marked the occasion on social media with the message: "It has been one year since you became immortal. We will never forget you."

The country's soccer association said the next round of the domestic championship will take place after players jointly form a number 10 on the pitch before each match.

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Fans also gathered for tributes at sites dedicated to the Argentine great.

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