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When you own the "hand of God", anything is possible.

Diego Maradona was the center of countless controversies in his life, but the amazing thing is that, once he died, nothing changed: his wake included the assault by dozens of people on the Casa Rosada, the seat of the Argentine government, which was filled with tear gas like the Plaza de Mayo of rubber bullets.

And while the security forces tried to disperse the intruders, a question grew: did the great Argentine idol die before his time?

The Argentine authorities were unable to contain the violent men with a brave bar profile who pressed on the fence that surrounds the Casa Rosada.

Once they entered the presidential headquarters, several of them refreshed themselves in the fountain located in the Patio de las Palmeras, the heart of the building, while Maradona's coffin was transferred to another, presumably safer, area of ​​the presidential palace .

Such was the chaos of a poorly organized wake:

Alberto Fernández

, the president, gave away the Casa Rosada for the Argentines to fire Maradona, but

Claudia Villafañe

, the footballer's ex-wife, decided that everything would end at four in the afternoon.

With tens and tens of thousands of people queuing up to three kilometers long, it was clear that it was a bad decision.

Maradona's coffin before being transferred to the cemetery.

The government pressed Villafañe all day to extend the hours, and when it was finally agreed that it would be until seven in the afternoon, which was not a solution either, because the tribute could have lasted three days, the Casa Rosada succumbed to the violence.

A symbol: Argentina has a serious unresolved problem of violence in soccer, and this was present with all its power in the place from which the country is governed.

That at dawn

Rafael Di Zeo

, one of the leaders of the Boca brave bar,

entered the Casa Rosada

, had already been a sign.

Di Zeo is prohibited from going to stadiums, but he was able to walk around the government headquarters without problems.

His heart "weighed twice the normal amount"

Maradona's death is a source of controversy.

Alfredo Cahe, his former doctor, and Matías Morla, his lawyer and most trusted man in recent years, clearly hinted that the idol could still be alive today.

However, the autopsy on Maradona's body confirmed the idol's fragile state of health.

His heart "weighed twice as much as normal."

Unaware of these details, thousands of people spent the night in the street to be among the first to enter the burning chapel at six in the morning.

Others arrived in Buenos Aires after traveling hundreds of kilometers from different provinces of the country.

With the Casa Rosada covered with flags of the multiple Peronist factions, President Fernández left on the coffin a shirt of Argentinos Juniors - his team, in which Maradona shone at age 16 - and a handkerchief that symbolizes the Mothers of the Plaza of May.

Hours later, Vice President

Cristina Kirchner

placed a rosary on the drawer, which at the last minute was transferred to the Bella Vista cemetery, where Diego's parents are buried.

Aerial shot of the Casa Rosada.LEANDRO BLANCOAFP

Rocío Oliva

, one of the ex-partners of a Maradona who had between eight and ten children, was rejected at the doors of the Casa Rosada and forced to stand in line.

Among those who fired Maradona were former players such as

Oscar Ruggeri, Jorge Burruchaga, Sergio Batista, Javier Mascherano, Maxi Rodríguez and Gabriel Heinze


And at the end of the day, inexhaustible, the Maradonian powers generated a small diplomatic crisis.

Emmanuel Macron

, the French president, dedicated a poetic text to Maradona - "The hand of God had deposited a football genius on earth" - but among the phrases he included a criticism of his passion for

Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez


From Caracas came a furious reaction from the mouth of Foreign Minister

Jorge Arreaza


Once again,



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