Fans gather to mourn the death of soccer legend Diego Maradona outside the Diego Armando Maradona stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Nov. 25, 2020. (Photo: Reuters-Yonhap News)
Argentina has been plunged into mourning by the death of arguably its most famous son, the football legend Diego Maradona.
People have come out onto the streets to express their grief at the loss of the star, whose sublime performances secured victory in the 1986 World Cup.
His popularity and influence spread across the continent, as the BBC's Tim Vickery explains.
Maradona is perhaps the most perfect incapsulation of the history of South American football.
The game is introduced by the British, especially.
It's reinterpreted by the locals' ideal for those of a low center of gravity, and that reinterpretation leads to international triumphs, to international recognition for a region of the world that is starved of those things.
So, Maradona, a mixture of Italian immigrants and indigeonous, born on the wrong side of the tracks.
It's a story that's so easy for other South Americans to relate to.
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