Fans gathered in their thousands in Argentina to pay their respects to football legend Diego Maradona who died at the age of 60.

Maradona suffered a cardiac arrest at his home in Buenos Aires on Wednesday.

The body of the 1986 World Cup-winning captain was transferred to the Casa Rosada presidential palace in Buenos Aires, where he will remain until Saturday.

Early on Thursday morning, thousands were already forming a snaking line through the streets near the central Plaza de Mayo in the country’s capital after a night of mourning and reminiscing.

Maradona’s body lay in a coffin with the blue and white national flag and an Argentina soccer jersey with the number 10 that had been part of his nickname “D10S” – a play on “dios”, the Spanish word for God.

His family members were among the crowd that gathered outside the Casa Rosada as his coffin was transferred from the ambulance.

“He was someone who touched the sky with his hands but never took his feet off the ground,” President Alberto Fernandez said on Wednesday.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Argentina to mourn his passing, leaving flowers and messages at his childhood home in the outskirts of Buenos Aires and outside the stadium of Maradona’s former club Boca Juniors.