Flying museum to honour Maradona ahead of World Cup

May 27, 2022
Journalists gather for the presentation of an aircraft dedicated to the late football legend Diego Maradona, at a military base in Morón, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina on Wednesday.
Journalists gather for the presentation of an aircraft dedicated to the late football legend Diego Maradona, at a military base in Morón, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina on Wednesday.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP):

A flying museum in honour of football great Diego Maradona is set to take to the skies.

The 'Tango D10S' plane was introduced Wednesday night before it flies around Argentina for fans of Maradona to visit on the ground.

The plane's exterior is adorned with images of Maradona -- who died in 2020 of a heart attack at the age of 60, after having brain surgery -- including one where he wears the Argentina jersey and kisses the World Cup trophy he lifted in 1986.

The plane will also visit Barcelona and Naples, where Maradona led Napoli to its only two Italian league titles in 1987 and 1990. Qatar, which hosts the World Cup later this year, will be the aircraft's final stop in the tour.

England fans may not want to visit wherever it goes. Drawings on the wings make reference to the two goals Maradona scored in the quarter-finals against England in the 1986 World Cup -- the controversial 'Hand of God' goal followed by a sublime individual effort waltzing through the England team.

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