Maradona becomes centre of public attraction in India

KOLKATA: Football legend Diego Maradona has become the centre of people’s attraction wherever he went during his visit to India.

The great footballer of the past and coach of the present Argentine team on Sunday paid homage at Mother Teresa''s Missionaries of Charity order in Kolkata at the end of his first visit to India.

About 20,000 fans lined the dusty roads leading to Mother House to catch a glimpse of the Argentine superstar, police said.

Maradona, 48, lit a candle and prayed at Mother Teresa''s tomb during a special mass before talking to the sisters and children -- many of them orphans -- who live at the home.

It was set up by Mother Teresa in 1950 and she served the poor and the needy there until her death in 1997.

Maradona, recently appointed Argentina''s national coach, also visited Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, one of Asia''s oldest football clubs, and gave tips to players.

Kolkata is the football centre of India, a country more widely known for its love of cricket.