Football legend Diego Maradona arrived to a tumultuous welcome from thousands of crazy fans from all over the State here on Tuesday.
The Argentine World Cup-winning captain has landed in Kerala for the inauguration of a new showroom of Boby Chemmanur International Jewellers and Airlines, for which he is the brand ambassador.
Maradona, on a two-day trip to the State, arrived by a chartered helicopter from Kochi.
Tight security was in place in the city, which saw a festive atmosphere with hundreds of fans pouring in from Kozhikode, Malappuram and Kasargode districts to catch a glimpse of their hero.
Around 2000 police personnel were on duty.
Maradona, who led Argentina to a World Cup triumph in 1986, waved to the crowd after landing at Kannur, a city which has hosted many international and national football tournaments.
The FIFA player of the 20th century, along with Pele, had been to India once before, for a function in Kolkata in 2008.
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