Mon Jun 13 12:40am EDT
Boca Juniors' 1-1 draw against Banfield on Sunday marked retiring Martin Palermo's final match at La Bombonera. After the final whistle, with Maradona and his family on hand, the club and the fans made a number of tributes to their beloved Titan. They included signs that read "Gracias Martin," a giant banner and fireworks, but the best by a wide margin was a cape for "Super Martin" that the AP says was made by a group of children.
Has there ever been a better retirement gift than that? I really don't think so.
It all got to be a bit too much for Palermo when a special rendition of Argentina's national anthem was performed on a harmonica as the crowd sang along, though. Here's video of that moment...
Palermo still has one more match left to play at Gimnasia La Plata. Then he will begin a new life as Buenos Aires' vigilante crime fighter in a smiley face cape.
Photos: AP, Getty