The craze for football in the state of Kerala is well documented. The fan following which the ISL team from the state, Kerala Blasters, enjoys is insane. The love for football and the Argentinian legend Diego Maradona knows no bounds in the state.
The God’s own country had turned into a spectacle when Maradona visited the state in 2012. While, the local football fans tried all they could to catch a glimpse of whom they call, ‘the god of football’ – a hotel where Maradona stayed during his short visit to the state took their devotion for the legendary football to a completely new level.
The hotel Blue Nile in Kannur district turned their room number 309, where Maradona stayed, into a museum and named it – The Maradona Suite. The managing director of the hotel, V. Ravindran, asserted that nothing in the room has been changed or rearranged since Maradona left.
Kerala: Hotel suite in which Diego #Maradona briefly stayed during Kannur visit, named after him.
“Maradona arrived here on 23 October 2012. Being fans, we ensured enjoyable stay. All things used by him back then are kept here in his memory,” says hotel Managing director. pic.twitter.com/txcBrNd6fs
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The hotel has preserved the room and each and everything the football legend touched as a memorabilia including the ash tray, soap tray, plates, towels and even the cigar stubs used by Maradona!
The suite no 309 at the Blue Nile hotel has since turned into a tourist destination for football lovers from all across the world. Ravindran admitted that a lot of football fans specially ask for that room to spend at least one night in as they consider it a privilege to live in the same room as Maradona.
When the news of Diego Maradona’s death broke, the room was occupied by a football fan from Syria.