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Meradona Church

     The first Meradona church, known as Iglesia Maradoniana, was founded in 1998 by three fans, while the football legend was still alive.  These churches have their own Ten Commandments, including "Love football above all else". The first temple in the name of Maradona was built in Argentine, Rosario in 2001.

Marcelo Buchet an Argentinian living in Mexico claims"Maradona is God" Mr.Buchet, who founded the second churchof Maradona' in the Mexican state of Puebla.

The global football idol died on 25 November 2020 after suffering a heart attack.

The so-called church appears to be a shrine to the famed footballer filled with photos. Buchet said that his church is for anyone who isn't into Christianity but who loves football – here such a person can drink coffee with friends and discuss their favourite game. "This is the love for football. We love and appreciate Maradona. All of us Argentines 

recognize what he did for us - he gave us and affirmed our identity", Buchet said.

Maradona's birthday (30 October) is the churches' Christmas day equivalent. June 22 is the day Maradona scored two goals against England at the 1986 World Cup - the second of which is widely regarded as the greatest goal in football history - and this is the churches' easter.

It now has an estimated 120,000-200,000 registered members from over 130 countries.

"Our religion is football and, like all religions, it must have a god,"

Alejandro Veron, member of the church, told the Guardian . "We will never forget the miracles Maradona showed on the pitch and the spirit he awoke in us, the fanatics."

Maradona made millions of people love football because he was an Artist and not just his Pattern but his character and Attitude. - He was so great that he was worshipped.

The reality of the church, in contrast to what the majority think, is that it isn't a building; the church is the people, those loyal to Maradona," church activist Amez told. 

     'Iglesia Maradoniana' is not a physical church building; it is a travelling collection of affinity towards Maradona. The church journeys across Argentina, with a selection of pictures, statues and ornaments used to worship the World Cup winner. Members complete their baptism by recreating Maradona's Hand of God goal from the 1986 World Cup."The church comes complete with its very own 10 commandments:

1.The ball is never soiled.

2.Love football above all else.

3.Declare unconditional love for Diego and the beauty of football.

4.Defend the Argentina shirt.

5.Spread the news of Diego's miracles throughout the universe.

6.Honor the temples where he played.

 

and his sacred shirts.

7. Don't proclaim Diego as a member of any single team.

8.Preach and spread the principles of the Church of Maradona.

9.Make Diego your middle name and name your first son Diego.

10.Don't live estranged from reality and don't be useless.

Argentinian sociology professor Rev. Gustavo Morello .said Maradona’was not only a soccer player able of extremely rare virtuoso performances, but he also became a kind of social leader.”

The passionate reaction to Maradona’s death, echoed in other Latin American countries and in Italy, where he played for seven years for the club Napoli, was a sign of his transcendence and quasi-religious appeal.

Maradona’s sports prowess was always complemented by his political positions. Since his rise to stardom in the 1970s, he never missed a chance to use his notoriety to support social causes, express his support for leftist politicians and criticize those in office. 

But that is a more class-based than racial definition Internationally,

Maradona famously had friendships with Cuban leader Fidel.

Castro, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez and other leftist Latin American leaders. He was often photographed smoking a Cuban cigar, with a Che Guevara tattoo visible on his upper arm.

“He taught us that we always must be side by side with the most vulnerable and fight for inclusion and social equality,” Rotundo his admiror saidonce Maradona criticized Pope John Paul II for the Vatican’s “golden ceilings,” which, he opined, should be “sold” as “so many people are starving.”

Certainly Maradona was an unlikely saint. He had several official and unofficial romantic relationships. Six young people are currently trying to prove in court that he was their father.

He also had problems with drugs for decades.

Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano once said that Maradona “has converted into a kind of dirty God, the most human of the gods. This perhaps explains the universal veneration he won.