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Maradona mural in Buenos Aires
Photograph: Juana Carrique

A truly massive Maradona mural has been unveiled in South America

The mural’s monumental dimensions are a fitting tribute to the late Argentinian football star

Sorrel Moseley-Williams
Written by Sorrel Moseley-Williams
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Footballing legend Diego Maradona was always larger than life – so it’s only fitting that an absolutely huge mural of the Argentinian superstar has been unveiled in Buenos Aires ahead of this year’s World Cup.

Measuring an epic 45 metres high by 40 metres wide, the immense mural was unveiled on October 30, which would have been Maradona’s sixty-second birthday. It took a nine-strong team 30 days of intensive work to create the hyperrealistic mural. They used one side of an apartment block on a busy avenue in Constitución, a central neighbourhood in Argentina’s capital, as a canvas.

Maradona mural in Buenos Aires
Photograph: Juana Carrique
Maradona mural in Buenos Aires
Photograph: Juana Carrique

The team was led by Martín Ron, a street artist known for his 3D creations, who worked with Maradona’s family members to choose a fitting picture.

‘We chose this expressive image together with his daughters Dalma and Giannina and their mother Claudia Villafañe,’ Ron says. ‘It was taken during the final of the 1990 World Cup in Italy, between Argentina and West Germany. He captained this match and you can really see his frustration.’

If you’re in Buenos Aires, you can check out the mural in real life at Avenida San Juan 1560. It’s not every day you see a tribute this titanic.

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