The hotel in Kerala has a photograph of late Diego Maradona and all the things he utilized during his stay has been outlined and kept in the room. From the stogie he smoked to the paper, tea cups, bedsheet, the work of art given to him by a fan and even the cleanser he utilized are kept in the room as his memory.
New Delhi: The hotel suite in which the late Diego Maradona briefly stayed during his visit to Kerala in 2012 has been named after him and converted into a museum in memory of the football legend. Maradona, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 60, had stayed in the room number 309 at Kannur’s Blue Nile Hotel during his visit eight years ago. Also Read – Diego Maradona Laid to Rest in Private Funeral as Thousands Mourn Iconic Footballer in Argentina
Managing director of the hotel, Ravindran said, “When Maradona arrived in Kannur on October 23, 2012, he was staying in room number 309. For two days, Maradona stayed in this room. Being fans, we ensured enjoyable stay. All things used by him back then are kept here in his memory.”
“All the objects used by the football legend back then are kept here in his memory. The room was later renamed ‘Maradona Suite’,” he added.
The room has a photo of Maradona. The things he used during his stay has been framed and kept in the room. From the cigar he smoked to the newspaper, tea cups, bedsheet, the painting given to him by a fan and even the soap he used are kept in the room as his memory.
Ravindran said back then he had brought a chef from Kochi to prepare food Maradona enjoyed, particularly Russian cuisine.
“Back then we didn’t know it was Maradona who is coming to stay here. We were told a VVIP is visiting and a security check was carried out. They told us to make some corrections in the room and hall. We carried out the renovations. Later, we were told it was Maradona, and being an ardent fan of him we made sure that he enjoyed his stay here,” he said.
“He had liked Kerala fish and loved the prawns we served,” Ravindran added.
During his visit to Kannur, the stadium in which Maradona participated in an event had witnessed a sea of people and the football legend had celebrated his 52nd birthday with them.
Maradona captained Argentina to victory at the 1986 FIFA World Cup and was widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time. Maradona had begun his professional career with Argentinos Juniors at the age of 16 and he went on to become one of the greatest players to ever play the game of football. He represented Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla, and Newell’s Old Boys as a player.