One year without Diego Maradona
Today marks the first anniversary of Diego Maradona's passing
The world pays tribute to an icon of the game
FIFA.com remembers Argentina’s legendary No10
One year ago today, news broke that devastated the world: Diego Armando Maradona, one of the greatest footballers of all time, had died. Amid disbelief among those who considered him immortal, the premature death of Argentina’s most revered player only enhanced his mythical status among fans of the world’s number one sport. “What Diego has done for football, for making all of us fall in love with this beautiful game, is unique. It is, as he is, simply immense,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said at the time. The many tributes that followed his passing not only celebrated the milestones of his unforgettable career, but also contained poignant farewell messages from some of the biggest names in world football.
Despite this tragic loss, the mention of Maradona always brings a smile to lovers of the game. Nowhere was this clearer than in the wonderful tribute paid to him during the The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020™.
His legacy also lives on in the memorable goals he scored at FIFA World Cups™.
In his lifetime, Maradona was frequently a source of inspiration for artists from different fields. With his passing, it comes as no surprise to see some of his most iconic images adorning various public spaces, in the process becoming symbols of his legacy.
A man walks by a mural depicting Diego Armando Maradona with neon wings
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 21: A man walks by a mural depicting Diego Armando Maradona with neon wings on October 21, 2021 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Football fans all over the country remember their late idol, who would have turned 61 on October 30. (Photo by Tomas Cuesta/Getty Images)
A girl walks past murals of late football legend Diego Maradona
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 30: A girl walks past murals of late football legend Diego Maradona outside Diego Maradona Stadium before a tribute match to honor him on the 61st anniversary of his birth on October 30, 2021 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Football legend Diego Armando Maradona died of a heart attack on November 25, 2020. (Photo by Marcos Brindicci/Getty Images)
On the first anniversary of his death, tributes are once again centre stage, and we bring you some of them now in his memory.