The governing body of football in South America, CONMEBOL, announced the naming of a star in honour of Diego Maradona. November 25, 2021 marked the one year anniversary of his death, and the tributes are still pouring in for one of the greatest football players to ever lace up a pair of boots.
The coordinates of the star read: “RA: 12h 08m 21.5s DEC: -50 ° 50 ‘16.8” as reported by CONMEBOL.
The ceremony was held in Montevideo, Uruguay and was attended by legends Nery Pumpido, Ricardo Giusti, Oscar Ruggeri, Checho Batista and Jorge Burruchaga.
Diego was from another planet,” said Burruchaga, who scored the winning goal in the final against Germany after a great pass from Maradona.
“He got all of us used to his dribbling past all his illnesses, all his episodes and for us, this was just one more [of those events] Diego was going to dribble through. He couldn’t. I am convinced we all have a destiny and this was his,” Burruchaga explained.
”I want to remain next to that gladiator who helped us be world champions (…) we are going to miss him for the rest of our lives,“ he added.
Maradona’s passing at the age of 60 shocked the entire world, after he was recovering in a hospital after brain surgery. The Argentinian scored the goal of the century for the national team and won the World Cup single-handedly, which remain two of his greatest accomplishments.