Huge crowds queue to file past the coffin of soccer legend Diego Maradona in Buenos Aires

VIDEO SHOWS: LONG QUEUES OF ARGENTINES WAITING TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS AND FILE PAST THE COFFIN OF SOCCER LEGEND DIEGO MARADONA AT THE CASA ROSADA PRESIDENTIAL PALACE IN BUENOS AIRES/ MEN IN TEARS/ MEN THROWING DAFFODILS AT THE COFFIN/ KISSING THE NATIONAL FLAG

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SHOWS: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (NOVEMBER 26, 2020) (GOVERNMENT TV - ACCESS ALL)

1. DIEGO MARADONA'S COFFIN LIES IN STATE IN CASA ROSADA PRESIDENTIAL PALACE/SECURITY GUARDS KEEPING MOURNERS BEHIND A BARRIER

2. MAN HOLDING PICTURE OF MARADONA/ WOMAN WAVING FLAG AT THE COFFIN

3. CROWDS GATHERED IN A LONG QUEUE OUTSIDE THE PALACE

4. MEN WALKING BEHIND BARRIER AND LOOKING TOWARDS WHERE THE COFFIN IS/ ONE IN TEARS

5. MOURNERS WALKING BEHIND BARRIER INSIDE PALACE/ ONE WITH PICTURE/ ONE WITH T-SHIRT

6. VARIOUS OF CROWD WAITING OUTSIDE THE PALACE

7. VARIOUS OF MOURNERS INSIDE THE PALACE WEARING PROTECTIVE MASKS/ ONE MAN THROWS A DAFFODIL TOWARDS THE COFFIN

8. QUEUE OF MEN FILING PAST THE COFFIN/ ONE CLAPPING/ ANOTHER RAISING HIS FIST IN THE AIR/ ANOTHER SLUMPED OVER THE BARRIER

9. ENTRANCE TO THE PALACE WITH MOURNERS WALKING UP BETWEEN TWO LONG SHEET-LIKE WALLS IN ARGENTINEAN COLOURS

10. MAN KISSING ARGENTINA FLAG INSIDE THE PALACE

11. VARIOUS OF MOURNERS INSIDE THE PALACE/ MANY THROWING DAFFODILS AT THE COFFIN

12. EXTERIOR OF THE PALACE

13. MOURNERS GIVING THUMBS UP/ APPLAUDING AS THEY PASS WHERE MARADONA LIES IN HIS COFFIN

14. DIEGO MARADONA'S COFFIN LYING IN STATE

STORY: Huge crowds gathered in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires on Thursday (November 26) to say their farewells to soccer legend Diego Maradona, who died of a heart attack on Wednesday (November 25). He was 60.

Maradona, arguably the greatest player of all time, will lie in state at the pink-hued Casa Rosada presidential palace until Saturday.

Lines of supporters snaked around the entrance to the palace waiting to pay their respects to one of the nation's favourite sons.

Security guards inside the palace kept mourners from getting too close to Maradona's coffin. From behind a make-shift barrier they waved, applauded and threw daffodils.

Major athletes and world leaders, including Argentine-born Pope Francis, have paid tribute to Maradona.

'Diego,' 'Pelusa,' or simply 'God,' as Maradona was known, was revered in Argentina and had a long career that included leading the South American nation to World Cup glory in 1986. That tournament included a quarter-final game against England where Maradona scored two of the best-known World Cup goals ever - an illicit 'hand of God' goal and one that followed an incredible swerving, dribble.

Maradona battled various health problems over the years as a result of his addictions to drugs and alcohol.

(Production: Aiden Nulty)