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Diego Maradona has died, and with him dies one of the greatest soccer players of all time. Daniel, a manager at Ground Support, a legendary coffee house in Soho, Manhattan, expressed it well: “For us, soccer fans, it is as if for the Catholics the pope would have died.”

In my travels around the world, I saw that he was one of the most popular of all athletes. Indeed, it is only in the United States, where “the beautiful game” doesn’t yet have a massive audience, that he wasn’t well known.

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