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|Iglesia Maradoniana (Church of Maradona)|
|Orientation||Sport-themed Parody religion|
|Origin||30 October 1998 |
The Iglesia Maradoniana (English: Church of Maradona; literally Maradonian Church) is a religion, created by fans of the retired Argentine football player Diego Maradona, whom they believe to be the best player of all time.
The Iglesia 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). 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 Catholic Church, and I have a religion passed on my heart, passion, and that’s Diego Maradona.” Supporters of the Maradonian Church, supposedly from all parts of the world, count the years since Maradona's birth in 1960.
The "Lord's Prayer" of the Iglesia Maradoniana is called "Our Diego", and is as follows:
Our Diego, who is on the pitches,
Hallowed be thy left foot, bring us your magic. Make your goals remembered on earth as in heaven,
Give us some magic every day, forgive the English squad, as we have forgiven the Napolitan Mafia,
Don't let yourself get caught offside and free us from Havelange and Pelé.
It is popular, among the followers of this religion (and also among other football fans), the use of the neo-Tetragrammaton D10S as one of the names of Maradona: D10S is a portmanteau word which fuses 10 (diez in Spanish), Maradona's shirt number, and dios, the Spanish word for god. In Barcelona, this neo-Tetragrammaton is mostly used to describe fellow Argentine player Lionel Messi.