Kerala businessman to build Diego Maradona museum in India

A gold sculpture of the late Argentine legend will be the main attraction at the proposed museum.

By Aarish Ansari ·

A Kerala-based businessman has planned to build a museum in memory of the late football icon Diego Maradona.

Set to showcase the Argentine legend’s professional and personal life, the museum will be built in either Kolkata or a South Indian city and will “blend the aesthetics of art and technology.”

“The museum is my tribute to Maradona,” said Boby Chemmanur, chairman of Chemmanur Group, who brought Maradona to Kerala in 2012. “It will be a storehouse of information related to the great player and his football.”

Recalling his interaction with the football legend, Chemmanur revealed Maradona’s wish to see a sculpture related to the ‘Hand of God’ incident - a controversial goal Maradona had scored with his hand against England in the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup.

“I gifted Maradona a miniature gold statue of his figure. Accepting it, the soccer star expressed the desire to see his life-size gold sculpture related to the ‘Hand of God’”, Chemmanur revealed.

The proposed museum will position the gold sculpture of Maradona as the main attraction.

“I am extremely happy to be fulfilling that desire of Maradona,” Chemmanur said.

The curator of the museum will be artist-writer Bony Thomas.

Maradona, a two-time Scudetto winner with Napoli enjoyed a massive following in India and received a rousing welcome from fans on every occasion.

“This is the second biggest reception of my life after Napoli,” the Argentinian legend had said during a visit to India in 2017.

Maradona led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup trophy after beating West Germany 3-2 in the final. He plied his trade for Barcelona, Napoli, Boca Juniors and a few other teams before retiring in 1997.

Widely hailed one of the greatest players of all time, Maradona recently died from a heart attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the age of 60, days after undergoing emergency surgery for a blood clot on his brain.

The Kerala government declared two-day state mourning following his death.