The Argentine National Team paid tribute to Diego Armando Maradona in the previous match against Chile for the South American Qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup 2022, in Santiago del Estero.
Despite the fact that the AFA will have to pay a fine to FIFA for the ban, the footballers came out onto the playing field of the Unique Mother of Cities Stadium with a T-shirt alluding to Diez, who died on November 25, 2020 at the age of 60.
All the players sang the national anthem and posed in front of the photographers wearing a light blue and white jacket with the number 10, with a photo of Diego and the legend 1960-Infinito.
Some time before the meeting, the members of the squad participated in the ceremony in which a statue of Maradona was discovered at the entrance to the stadium. The work was made by the Argentine artist Carlos Benavídez and is inspired by a photo of Belgium 2-0, in the semifinal of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
The sculpture measures 5 meters and is the tallest in the world among those that were carried out in honor of Diego.