Buenos Aires: An aircraft which has been designed as a flying museum and dedicated to Diego Maradona was unveiled in Argentina ahead of the FIFA World Cup scheduled to be held in Qatar later this year.
An Argentine fintech company has financed the 12-seater aeroplane named Tango D10S in memory of the late Argentinian footballing legend, who led Argentina to lift the FIFA World Cup back in 1986.
The aircraft features a picture of Maradona kissing the World Cup trophy on the fuselage, with his face on the tail.
The two goals which he scored in Argentina's 2-1 win over England in the World Cup Quarter-final have been stamped on the wings of the aircraft. The infamous 'Hand of God' goal is placed on the left wing while the goal which is widely considered to be the greatest of all time is on the right-wing.
"I am mad about Maradona, one of those people who still watch videos of Diego before I go to sleep at night," Gaston Kolker, the CEO of fintech company Give and Get, told the media.
"This is the first World Cup without Maradona and maybe the last with Lionel Messi. I said, I want to make Diego's plane, I want to make Diego's plane. And so we launched Tango Tango D10S. When Maradona's teammates saw it, the World Cup winners from 1986, they were amazed, they were hypnotized by the aircraft," Gaston added.
The fintech company has planned to fly the plane around Argentina before heading to Qatar for the World Cup this year.
However, the best part is that the fans will be able to board the plane and pay tribute to Maradona in the cockpit and will also have the opportunity to interact with the legend through artificial intelligence.
Moreover, the fans will be able to catch a glimpse of the 1986 team's memorabilia and the aircraft will also be available for private hire before eventually being auctioned for charity.
"We can't believe or understand this craziness, the love involved," Maradona's daughter Dalma said. "How far will fans go? As far as a plane."
Notably, Diego Maradona died of a heart attack in November 2020 and his sudden demise shocked the entire footballing fraternity. Football fans across the world condoled his death and some of his die-hard fans could not sink in his death and be left in tears.