The Argentine World Cup winning captain is in the State for tomorrow's inauguration of a new showroom of Boby Chemmanur International Jewellers and Airlines, for which he is the brand ambassador.
Maradona, on a two-day trip to the state, arrived by a chartered helicopter from Nedumabassery International airport at Kochi.
Tight security was in place in the city, which saw a festive atmosphere with hundreds of fans pouring in from Kozhikode, Malappuram and Kasargod districts.
About 2000 police personnel were enlisted for security.
Maradona, who led Argentina to a World Cup triumph in 1986, waved to the crowds after landing at Kannur, a city which has hosted many international and national soccer tournaments.
The FIFA player of the 20th century along with Pele in 2000, had come to India once before for a function in Kolkata in 2008.
Diego Maradona, el mas grande de la historia del futbol !!! Saludos desde Argentina.
yes its true. .very tight security. .north keralates are well known as crazy fans of football. .so, u can expect more than 2000 police to guard him. .it seems no taxis are available in those regions around kannur. .all hotels n tourist homes are booked completely due to the huge crowd from all around india. .
2000 cops to form the Security cover for Maradona? Even the US President has no such cover. Someone must be crazy...who is footing the bill? Maradona, a Player of repute..No.2 to Pele in rankings and has the GOD'S HAND which is enough to protect him. Is this news item true...I don't believe this.