Football: Soccer-Maradona tribute plane unveiled in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An aeroplane devoted to Argentine nice Diego Maradona was unveiled on Wednesday forward of a journey that can finish on the World Cup in Qatar later this 12 months.

The Tango D10S – a 12-seater financed by an Argentine fintech firm – is designed as a flying museum in tribute to the previous World Cup winner, who died of a coronary heart assault in November 2020.

It incorporates a image of Maradona kissing the World Cup trophy on the fuselage, whereas his face can be on the tail.

The wings characteristic each of his objectives from Argentina’s 2-1 victory over England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final: the ‘Hand of God’ objective on the left wing and the winner, a objective broadly considered the best of all time, on the appropriate.

“I am mad about Maradona, one of those people who still watch videos of Diego before I go to sleep at night,” Gaston Kolker, CEO of fintech firm Give and Get, instructed Reuters.

“This is the first World Cup without Maradona and maybe the last with (Lionel) Messi. I said, I want to make Diego’s plane, I want to make Diego’s plane. And so we launched Tango D10S.

“When Maradona’s team mates saw it, the World Cup winners from 1986, they were amazed, they were hypnotized by the aircraft,” Kolker stated at an unveiling with different members from that World Cup profitable aspect.

The plan is to fly the plane round Argentina and finally to Qatar for the World Cup in November.

Fans will be capable to board the plane and depart a message for Maradona in the cockpit, ‘work together’ with the late participant by way of synthetic intelligence, and see memorabilia from him and others gamers from the 1986 crew.

It may also be accessible for personal rent earlier than being auctioned for charity.

“We can’t believe or understand this craziness, the love involved,” Maradona’s daughter Dalma stated. “How far will fans go? As far as a plane.”

(Reporting by Ramiro Scandolo in Buenos Aires; writing by Andrew Downie in London; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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