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Where Diego Armando Maradona is a God, Literally
For many in Argentina, soccer is almost a religion. For a few, it is exactly that. The Maradonian Church claims 200,000 followers.
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Members of the Maradonian Church.

In church ceremonies, the Bible has been replaced by Maradona's autobiography, and special rites like Maradonian baptisms, weddings and masses are celebrated on special dates of special Maradonian significance.

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Objects of worship.

Those who were baptized into the church promise to obey ten Maradonian commandments, including: to let their middle name be Diego; to give their sons the name Diego; and to love good soccer above all else.

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Membership card for the Maradonian Church.

Lionel Messi, the Barcelona striker considered by many to be world's best player, is a church member. 

So is Manu Ginóbili, member of the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association.

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Where Diego Armando Maradona is a God, Literally

For many in Argentina, soccer is almost a religion. For a few, it is exactly that. The Maradonian Church claims 200,000 followers.

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