(Cholula) A golden bust of Diego Maradona sits in the center of the altar: a year after the death of the Argentine star, his worship continues to Mexico, where a church has been consecrated to him, in which a first baby comes to be baptized.
In San Andrés Cholula, in the center of the country, the faithful flock to the “Maradonian Church of Mexico”, open to the glory of the Pibe de Oro. There is a replica of the World Cup, which he won in 1986, candles and stoles on which we can read “D10S”, the word God adapted to number 10, which accompanied the leader of the Albiceleste during his career.
“It’s a little madness that I created for football lovers,” said Marcelo Salvador Buchet, a 45-year-old Argentinian who has lived in Mexico for 20 years. “Today is a special day, we remember the first anniversary of Diego’s departure.”
The structure, which is not registered with the government to be strictly speaking a church, has been operating for four months in an area of 20 m2 and is not for profit.
“People come to talk about football, to talk about Diego and watch his videos, to drink mate,” the South American drink from Native American culture, explains Buchet.
While he was hoping to start “baptisms and weddings” next year, Buchet had to anticipate when an admirer of the Pibe de Oro came to ask him to baptize Natalia, barely a month old, for “the first baptism. Maradonian. ”
“I’m a big fan of Diego, he was unique and irreplaceable,” says Carlos Ivan Alvarado, the baby’s father. “We came to remember him and […] I asked if they could baptize my little girl.”
The first baptism in this temple in honor of Maradona, amid the flowers that pay homage to him and the swimsuits he wore.
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