To be perfect
to change often.
- Winston Churchill
The soccer god, brand ambassador of Bobby Chemmanur International Jewellers and Airlines, had come to Kerala to inaugurate a jewellery showroom in Kannur and launch the group’s helicoper service.
On ascending the specially-prepared stage at the stadium, Maradona energetically waved to the crowd and then kicked footballs in all four directions.
Maradona also exhibited the dribbling skills which made him famous around the world. He hugged Kerala’s biggest soccer star IM Vijayan and shared a few headers with the latter.
Maradona next picked up the mike and said “Viva India” several times. He surprised the organisers by singing few lines of a Latin song. When the function’s compere Ranjini Haridas urged him to dance with her, Maradona obliged by getting jiggy in his characteristic manner. He even planted a peck on her cheek.
After this, Maradona cut a 25-kg cake to celebrate his 52nd birthday that falls on Oct 30. The organisers had earlier convinced Maradona to accept their request for an early birthday celebration in Kannur.
To mark the occasion, a 5-feet-long and 3-feet-wide cake in the shape of a football field was baked. The cake had a football at its centre. Another cake resembled the trophy that was handed to Maradona when he led Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup.