First Maradoniana Church in Mexico is hosted in the central state of Puebla

In the municipality of San Andrés Cholula, the second place in the world was installed to worship the Argentine “D10S”, since since 1998 a church of this type had been created in Rosario, Argentina

The religious syncretism of the Mexican town of San Andrés Cholula, known for having a Catholic sanctuary built on a pre-Columbian pyramid, is now joined by the first Maradonian Church in Mexico, dedicated to the deceased star of the ball.

The supporters in Mexico and the rest of the world of the star Diego Armando Maradona, who died on November 25, 2020, now have in the state of Puebla, central Mexico, a ceremonial center for soccer fans, a space almost touched by the “hand of God”, phrase of the famous soccer player.


In the municipality of San Andrés Cholula, about 14 kilometers from Puebla capital, the second place in the world was installed to worship the Argentine “D10S”, since since 1998 a church of this type had been created in Rosario, Argentina.

The Mexican Maradoniana Church is located a few streets from the Sanctuary of the Virgen de los Remedios, a Catholic temple located at the top of the Great Pyramid of Cholula and which began its construction in 1594.

Upon entering the place, you enter a unique football dimension, where the path to “the altar” is made of synthetic grass accompanied by ball-shaped rugs, while on the sides there are the chairs for the “parishioners” which are decorated. with jerseys from different teams both Mexican, Argentine and European, as well as national teams from around the world.

In what represents the parody of the Stations of the Cross of the traditional Catholic religion, on the walls of this enclosure are high-scale photographs where the so-called “Pibe de Oro” appears from his childhood, to the most emblematic images in his meeting with Fidel Castro , Lionel Messi and with Pope Francis.

As well as pictures with national newspaper covers of death, achievements and “miracles” on the “Pelusa” field, as Maradona was called.


The creator and founder of the Maradonian Church, Marcelo Buchet, shared with Efe that this idea had been in his head for many years, but it intensified and began with the planning of this space when Maradona died due to acute heart failure. generated pulmonary edema.

“As we are very lacking in identity, we Argentines have nowhere to hold on and I think that between Maradona and my mother, I had no other cause; for example, for Mexicans the Virgin of Guadalupe, for me, Maradona is the most important thing,” he said Buchet, a naturalized Mexican Argentine who came to that country 20 years ago.

In addition, he specified that this church “is not against any religion” and assured that there “football fans can go with a ‘priest’ to perform weddings, baptisms or first communions”, since it is an open space like any chapel at the beach or party hall, “where no one is disrespected and they can carry out their social events.”

Buchet, a football fan since he was a child, revealed that in 2018 he met the Argentine star in his role as technical director of the Mexican team Dorados de Sinaloa and felt great emotion, which made him dream of “being as great as his idol.”

He recalled that he gave a letter to the Argentine “10”, in which he described his admiration and recognized him as the best Argentine player in the 1986 World Cup that was played precisely in Mexico and where Maradona and Argentina lifted the title, the second in history after 1978 in his country.

He said that before he liked football, but that he reached the degree of fanaticism in 2018 during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, when with his schoolmates he collected an album of players and began to closely follow all the events of the sports fair and months later he met his idol.

Despite the fact that the place opened this week it has had a good response from the attendees and both fans and curious people pass by the place, “raise prayers”, admire the images and have “moments of reflection”, thanks to the tranquility of the place, the Mexican temple for the Argentine idol.