Iglesia Maradoniana

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Iglesia Maradoniana (Church of Maradona)
A stencil graffiti of Maradona running with the ball and the caption D10S ∃XISTE.
A Maradonian graffito.
TypeChristian-style movement
OrientationSport-themed Parody religion
ScriptureYo soy el Diego de la gente[1]
FounderHéctor Campomar
Alejandro Verón
Hernán Amez
Origin30 October 1998
Rosario, Argentina

The Iglesia Maradoniana (English: Church of Maradona; literally Maradonian Church) is a religion, created by fans of the late Argentine footballer Diego Maradona, whom they believe to be the greatest of all time.

The Church was founded on October 30, 1998 (Maradona's 38th birthday) in the city of Rosario, Argentina by three fans (Héctor Campomar, Alejandro Verón and Hernán Amez).[2] It could be seen as a type of syncretism or as a religion, depending on what religious definition one chooses to use. It was said by Alejandro Verón, one of the founders: "I have a rational religion and that's the Catholic Church and I have a religion passed on my heart and passion and that's Diego Maradona."[citation needed] Supporters of the Church, supposedly from all parts of the world, count the years since Maradona's birth in 1960 with the era designation d. D. (Spanish: después de Diego, lit.'after Diego').

They also use D10S for Maradona since it fuses Dios ("God") and 10, the number on Maradona's jersey.[3]

Ten Commandments[edit]

The "Ten Commandments" of the Iglesia Maradoniana are:[4]

  1. The ball is never soiled.
  2. Love football above all else.
  3. Declare unconditional love for Diego and the beauty of football.
  4. Defend the Argentina shirt.
  5. Spread the news of Diego's miracles throughout the universe.
  6. Honor the temples where he played and his sacred shirts.
  7. Don't proclaim Diego as a member of any single team.
  8. Preach and spread the principles of the Church of Maradona.
  9. Make "Diego" your middle name
  10. Name your first son "Diego"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "La Iglesia de Dios". Diario Olé (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2016-11-14. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  2. ^ Selhi, Myriam (November 9, 2017). "Church of Maradona: Worshipping a (Former) Demi-God With Unusual Athletic Abilities".
  3. ^ Vidal Bueno, Jorge. Dios es argentino. Nacionalismo cultural argentino y Maradona. Repositorio académico de la Universidad de Chile. Consulted on 11 October de 2016.
  4. ^ The Guardian, Diego Maradona - 'He was sent from above', 11 November 2008.

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