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Thousands have gathered in Buenos Aires to bid farewell to Diego Maradona as his body is laid to rest.

The footballing icon sadly passed away on Wednesday after suffering from a cardiac arrest.

It comes after having surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain on October 30.

Maradona has been called one of the best football players of all time after a glistening career.

Among his many achievements was the World Cup victory in 1986 with Argentina and landing the Scudetto with Napoli twice.

A true legend of the game, Maradona has countless fans – including many current footballers, managers and pundits.

Diego Maradona has been laid to rest after losing his life on Wednesday

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The streets of Buenos Aires were lined with thousands of people who wished to send their well wishes.

He is revered in his home country, where he will forever be immortalised for his larger-than-life personality.

Maradona's coffin was taken to Argentina's presidential palace Casa Rosada

Thousands lined the streets as Maradona's hearse drove by

Maradona's body was taken to the Bella Vista cemetery on the outskirts of the capital, where he was buried during a private ceremony attended by close friends and family.

The cemetery is the same one where his parents were laid to rest, though it is not clear whether he has been buried with them.

After his death, Argentina's president announced that the country will be going into national mourning.

'He was someone who touched the sky with his hands but never took his feet off the ground,' President Alberto Fernandez said.

There has been outrage, meanwhile, after a funeral worker took a picture with Maradona's body in the coffin.

Maradona's body was taken to the Bella Vista cemetery

It is the same cemetery where Maradona's parents are buried

Diego Molina was snapped holding his thumb up while he also allowed two others to take a picture with the Argentine legend.

Globovision reporter Jensser Morales reported that the man has now been fired from his job.

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Diego Picon, the manager of the Sepelios Pinier funeral parlour, has insisted that the three men were outsourced employees.

"He [Molina] is not an employee here. He is a third party who only helped us load the coffin because it weighs a lot."

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