Church in honor of Maradona opens in Mexico.

A pair of long vases carrying soccer balls stand at the door of Mexico’s First Maradonia Church, and a picture of Diego Maradona wearing a charro hat greets worshipers.

Inside the church, Catholic Cross Centers have been restored with images of Maradona from his childhood to a photo encounter with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Pope Francis.

A church in Puebla, central Mexico, opened on July 7, celebrates the “religion” created in Argentina in 1998 by lovers of the late footballer Maradona.

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A pair of long vases carrying soccer balls stand at the door of Mexico’s First Maradonia Church, and a picture of Diego Maradona wearing a charro hat greets worshipers.

Inside the church, Catholic Cross Centers have been restored with images of Maradona from his childhood to a photo encounter with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Pope Francis.

A church in Puebla, central Mexico, opened on July 7, celebrates the “religion” created in Argentina in 1998 by lovers of the late footballer Maradona.

The religion of Maradonia is widespread in several countries around the world and has more than half a million followers.

“My mother and father, who are Catholics, say it’s crazy,” said Andrea Hernández, a 22-year-old footballer, during a visit to a Maradon church adorned with posters of Maradona, who played for clubs in Spain and Italy.

“But for us, those of us who love football, it’s good that Maradona can be recognized in Mexico.”

Maradona, who died in November 2020 shortly after celebrating his 60th birthday, rose to prominence in football after winning the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, which crowned him one of the best players of all time.

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Marcelo Buchet, who opened the church, said it was a place “where we can talk about football”.

“It’s not like going to another church, sitting down and listening,” Buchet said.

“Here you are a part of everything. People have accepted this and are very happy. I’ve seen people cry, people throw themselves at his picture, pray. I feel so much better that it’s not just me. Mad.”

A pair of long vases carrying soccer balls stand at the door of Mexico’s First Maradonia Church, and a picture of Diego Maradona wearing a charro hat greets worshipers.

Inside the church, Catholic Cross Centers have been restored with images of Maradona from his childhood to a photo encounter with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Pope Francis.

A church in Puebla, central Mexico, opened on July 7, celebrates the “religion” created in Argentina in 1998 by lovers of the late footballer Maradona.

The religion of Maradonia is widespread in several countries around the world and has more than half a million followers.

“My mother and father, who are Catholics, say it’s crazy,” said Andrea Hernández, a 22-year-old footballer, during a visit to a Maradon church adorned with posters of Maradona, who played for clubs in Spain and Italy.

“But for us, those of us who love football, it’s good that Maradona can be recognized in Mexico.”

Maradona, who died in November 2020 shortly after celebrating his 60th birthday, rose to prominence in football after winning the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, which crowned him one of the best players of all time.

Marcelo Buchet, who opened the church, said it was a place “where we can talk about football”.

“It’s not like going to another church, sitting down and listening,” Buchet said.

“Here you are a part of everything. People have accepted this and are very happy. I’ve seen people cry, people throw themselves at his picture, pray. I feel so much better that it’s not just me. Mad.”

The religion of Maradonia is widespread in several countries around the world and has more than half a million followers.

“My mother and father, who are Catholics, say it’s crazy,” said Andrea Hernández, a 22-year-old footballer, during a visit to a Maradon church adorned with posters of Maradona, who played for clubs in Spain and Italy.

“But for us, those of us who love football, it’s good that Maradona can be recognized in Mexico.”

Maradona, who died in November 2020 shortly after celebrating his 60th birthday, rose to prominence in football after winning the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, which crowned him one of the best players of all time.

Marcelo Buchet, who opened the church, said it was a place “where we can talk about football”.

“It’s not like going to another church, sitting down and listening,” Buchet said.

“Here you are a part of everything. People have accepted this and are very happy. I’ve seen people cry, people throw themselves at his picture, pray. I feel so much better that it’s not just me. Mad.”

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