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I am not God of football: Diego Maradona after unveiling statue

Maradona handed out cheques worth Rs 10000 each to 11 cancer patients and flagged off an air-conditioned ambulance.

Reported by: PTI, Kolkata [ Published on: December 11, 2017 19:44 IST ]
Image Source : PTI A file image of Diego Maradona

Maradona and modesty don't sit well together but the Argentine legend today called himself a "simple footballer" and not the god of football as his admirers watched, joyfully transfixed, his hand at self-deprecation. 

"I am not a god of football but a simple footballer. I'm happy to be here in Kolkata again," Maradona said through his interpreter. 

His second visit in nine years may have been a low-key one unlike in 2008, but the legend still charmed a thousand-odd crowd at a charity event in a north Kolkata club this afternoon. 

Maradona handed out cheques worth Rs 10000 each to 11 cancer patients and flagged off an air-conditioned ambulance. 

The club, which is famous for its lavish Durga Puja celebrations, was packed to the brim. Many were seen standing on rooftops of the adjoining buildings, making it an electrifying atmosphere. 

He unveiled a 12-feet statue of him holding aloft the 1986 World Cup trophy and it would be erected at a park named after his name. 

India Tv - Diego Maradona and his partner.

Image Source : PTIDiego Maradona and his partner.

"It's amazing to have my statue here," the 1986 World Cup winner said. 

Earlier, an audio-visual of the Argentine legend greeted him at the venue as Maradona arrived with his girlfriend. 

Maradona was presented with a uttariyo (traditional scarf) on stage and a gold bracelet by the organisers. 

India Tv - A file image of Diego Maradona

Image Source : PTIA file image of Diego Maradona

The Argentine was originally slated to arrive on September 19, but the trip got postponed several times. 

Maradona will take on cricket icon Sourav Ganguly in an exhibition match titled 'Diego vs Dada' in Barasat, about 35 kilometres from the city.

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