Primera Division returns without Maradona

Afp, Buenos Aires

30 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The first games in Argentina's Primera Division since the death of Diego Maradona kicked off Saturday amid tears and memories, with the club he last coached notching up a victory in tribute to the footballing genius.

Players from Racing and Union de Santa Fe entered the pitch at Avellaneda wearing national jerseys with Maradona's number 10 on the back.

They warmed up to the sound of "Life is Life" -- a song made wildly popular by an accompanying video of the Argentine great performing feats of magic with the ball.

Standing around the centre circle, they marked the legend's passing with a minute's applause.

A kite in the Argentine colours was released, in reference to the "Cosmic Kite" moniker given to the diminutive playmaker by commentator Victor Morales after his "Hand of God" goal against England in the 1986 World Cup.

"He is a great one, it goes without saying," said Racing midfielder Walter Montoya, unable to hold back tears during the tribute.

"There is no need to say anything else, all words are futile."