- Maradona died on Wednesday 25 November
- The Argentinian legend had been working intently with FIFA since 2017
- Joined the FIFA Legends programme and took half in plenty of occasions
“To bring football back to FIFA and FIFA back to football.” That was one of many pledges Gianni Infantino made throughout his marketing campaign to win election as FIFA President. He fulfilled that pledge firstly of his time period of workplace in 2016, establishing the FIFA Legends programme.
In their capability as footballing legends who’ve made an indelible mark on the historical past of the sport, plenty of former gamers and coaches – each female and male – joined the motion with the concept of constructing their voices heard, utilising their profiles and bringing their expertise to bear in assist of the tournaments and occasions organised by FIFA.
Chief amongst these nice names of the sport was Diego Maradona, who handed away on Wednesday 25 November, leaving the world in mourning.
In January 2017, the Argentinian wizard attended The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016 to current the Best FIFA Men’s Coach award. “It’s like a dream for me,” stated Maradona earlier than the ceremony. “I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and I’m going to savour it.” Admitting to being “a little bit nervous” about strolling on to the stage, he added: “It’s strange because I never felt so tense before a final or a semi-final.”
The legendary No.10 loved a really particular second earlier than the ceremony as he was reunited with the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy, which he had lifted into the air at Mexico 1986.
Three months after that awards night time, Maradona took half within the draw for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 and a match selling the competitors, which he additionally received, again in 1979, when he was voted the participant of the event.
2017 additionally noticed him participate within the 67th FIFA Congress in Manama (Bahrain) and open a purchasing centre with a match by which he performed alongside the likes of Ronaldinho, Carli Lloyd and Nia Kuenze.
He then appeared on the last of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 in St Petersburg, earlier than starring as soon as once more at The Best FIFA Football Awards in London that October, the place he offered the FIFA Best Men’s Player award to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Maradona was additionally concerned within the preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, participating within the Final Draw. He was within the stands for the Opening Match, the Final and for a few of Argentina’s matches.
That similar yr, El Pibe del Oro (‘Golden Boy’) shared his reminiscences of Mexico 1986 with FIFA TV for the One to Eleven documentary.
In April 2020, the Argentinian wizard joined his fellow FIFA Legends for the #WeWillWin marketing campaign in assist of the well being and key staff preventing on the entrance line towards Covid-19.
Then, in June, having been moved by the occasions that led to the beginning of the #StopRacism #StopViolence marketing campaign, Maradona gave his full assist.