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Sport Billionaire Eurnekian Vows Maradona Statue at Argentina Airport

08:50  28 november  2020
08:50  28 november  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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(Bloomberg) -- Argentine billionaire Eduardo Eurnekian is preparing to fulfill an old promise to the late soccer icon Diego Maradona by erecting a statue of the late player at the country’s main airport.

Eurnekian, founder of Corporacion America Airports and one of the country’s top businessmen, announced the plan in a note of condolences published in newspaper La Nacion on Friday.

“Rest in peace. You’ll have your statue!” the notice reads.

The life-size statue will be 3D-printed and depict Maradona in his glory days, according to Eurnekian’s spokeswoman, Carolina Barros. The statue is expected to be ready sometime in December.

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It’s another sign of the fervor convulsing the South American nation after the sudden death of Maradona, who led Argentina to win the 1986 World Cup and multiple league championships in Italy and at home, granting him the sort of iconic status normally reserved for war heroes. The government declared three days of mourning after his sudden death on Wednesday, and thousands turned out Thursday for his wake at the presidential palace.

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Eurnekian’s group controls more than 50 airports around the world with 37 of them Argentina, including the Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Buenos Aires, also known as Ezeiza, where the statue would be placed. Eurnekian’s net worth is estimated at above $1 billion.

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Eurnekian , the son of Armenian immigrants to Argentina , first operated in the textile industry. He delved into the cable TV business in the 1980s. Under his Corporacion America, Eurnekian and partners own more than 50 airports around the would, with reported revenues of more than billion.

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Eurnekian and Maradona’s long personal history spanned decades. Their relationship began in 1978, introduced by Cesar Menotti, the manager of Argentina’s national soccer team, who wasn’t able to include Maradona in the squad because the player was too young.

Eurnekian, who at the time had business interests in the textile industry, agreed to sponsor Maradona with monthly stipends until the next world cup.

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Years later, when Eurnekian had the local license for the Puma brand, the businessman was key to connecting Maradona to the German company for a deal to represent it, Barros added.

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Maradona 's agent and lawyer, Matías Morla, vowed to take legal action against the "scoundrel" responsible for the photos. Maradona was buried in a private ceremony on Thursday, the first of three days of mourning declared over his death in Argentina .

Maradona 's coffin - draped in Argentina 's national flag and football shirt, bearing his trademark number 10 on the back - was on public display at the presidential palace on Thursday. By mid-afternoon queues stretched back for more than a kilometre, and police clashed with mourners as they tried to close off

Eurnekian, who had transitioned to become a communications mogul, remained involved even as Maradona’s career became tarnished with addiction issues.

The 87-year-old mogul of Armenian descent helped Maradona return to Argentina with Boca Juniors and later gave him a contract as a soccer commentator in his network. It was in their many conversations through those years that talk of a statue began.

It’s not the first time Eurnekian takes on causes emblematic to Argentina.

In the 1990s, he bought a house where tango icon Carlos Gardel was born to save it from demolition and donated it to the city of Buenos Aires to be used as a museum. In 2004, he sponsored a stone cenotaph built in the Falkland Islands, known locally as Las Malvinas, to honor Argentine soldiers who died in the brief and bloody war with England over the territory. His airports in Argentina also include reproductions of that monument.

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