Maradonian Church: this religious cult dedicated to Diego Maradona

After the announcement of Diego Maradona’s death, tributes have multiplied across the world, especially in Argentina where the footballer was considered, beyond legend, as a true god who even has his church.

More than a footballer, a god. Wednesday, November 25, Diego Maradona died in his home in Tigre on the outskirts of Buenos Aires at the age of 60. After several health problems in recent years, the footballer succumbed to cardiac arrest, causing numerous tributes and public gatherings around the world. And beyond the fans of the “golden kid”, it is his many “faithful” who have honored his memory, through the Maradonian Church, created in his honor.

Beyond the football legend that he was, Diego Maradona inspired in some people the vocation of a cult in his person, which gave rise in 1998 to the creation of this somewhat special church in Rosario by the Argentines Héctor Campomar, Alejandro Verón and Hernán Amez. With in 2007 no less than 80,000 to 100,000 followers in more than sixty countries around the world, the Maradonian Church is far from being a joke, and has like many religions its holy days, its Decalogue, its calendar, as well as a very special prayer: the Diego Nuestro, in the manner of the Pater Nostra in the Christian religion.

Maradonian Church: this religious cult dedicated to Diego Maradona
An ‘apostle’ of the ‘Maradonian Church-The Hand of God’ (R) gives the last touches, shortly before midnight 29 October, 2007 in Parque Leloir, outskirts of Buenos Aires, to the altar preparing it for the marriage –with a football ball as ‘witness’– of two couples of ‘followers’ from Jalapa, Mexico.
Maradonian Church: this religious cult dedicated to Diego Maradona
Pizza man Guillermo Rodriguez, baptized in the Maradonian church, shows the tattoos on his back depicting Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona, at his pizza store called “Siempre al 10” (Always to the 10), referring to the former jersey’s number of his idol

Two somewhat special Maradonian festivals

As shown in a Quotidien report broadcast on Wednesday, November 25, many of these extraordinary faithful gathered after the announcement of Diego Maradona’s death for a somewhat special mass in Argentina, almost a month after celebrating the Maradonian Christmas, which celebrates the birth of the footballer, on October 29, the day before his birth. If for the moment the day of the death of the “golden kid” is not yet the subject of a celebration, no doubt that the faithful will not fail to celebrate on June 22 the Maradonian Easter, in honor Argentina’s match against England at the World Cup on June 22, 1986 in Mexico. The expression “the hand of God” used by Diego Maradona after his goal in this match has perhaps never made so much sense.