Salt Bae has permanently reserved Diego Maradona‘s favourite table at his iconic Dubai restaurant to honour the late footballer.
Internet sensation Salt Bae, whose real name is Nusret Gökçe, shared video of the table which featured a framed picture of the sporting great and a sign reading ‘reserved’.
Mr Gökçe also shared footage of Maradona dining at the table, and sprinkling salt over his food in the same iconic way that shot the Turkish butcher to fame online.
Maradona died of a heart attack aged 60 on Wednesday and tributes to the 1986 World Cup winner have since been pouring in from all over the globe.
In a caption shared along with the video, Mr Gökçe wrote: ‘This was your favorite table Maradona. Table is reserved forever for you. RIP Legend.’
The butcher also shared two pictures of himself and Maradona, with a caption simply reading: ‘Rest in peace legend.’
Maradona combined awesome footballing ability with a flair for showmanship and a turbulent personal life marked by drug and alcohol problems.
He was yesterday laid to rest after thousands of fans lined the streets of Buenos Aires to pay their respects as his coffin was driven to the cemetery.
The coffin was taken to the Bella Vista cemetery on the outskirts of the capital – where his parents are buried – for a private ceremony attended by family and close friends.
Maradona died of a heart attack aged 60 on Wednesday just two weeks after being discharged from hospital for a bleed on his brain.
Thousands of fans packed the streets around the presidential palace where Maradona lay in state on Thursday and thousands more lined the highways in the afternoon to catch a glimpse of his hearse as it rolled past surrounded by police vehicles.
Maradona’s daughters Dalma, 33, and Giannina, 31 – by his first wife and childhood sweetheart Claudia Villafane – were seen wiping tears from their eyes as they left for the funeral.
It comes after passions boiled over outside the palace when a mile-long column of fans arrived to pay their respects to the Argentinian hero but were blocked off by riot police.
Due to the sheer numbers many were unable to throw their football jerseys and flowers by Maradona’s coffin and so they scrapped ferociously with heavily-armoured police as if attending a football derby.
President Alberto Fernandez has declared three days of national mourning and earlier visited the casket.
‘He was someone who touched the sky with his hands but never took his feet off the ground,’ the president said.
Maradona’s lawyer Matias Morla claimed yesterday that Maradona was left for 12 hours without aid at some point before his death on Wednesday, which came two weeks after he had brain surgery to remove a blood clot.
‘It is inexplicable that for 12 hours my friend had no attention or check-up from the personnel dedicated to these ends,’ he said.
Morla also claimed it was ‘criminal idiocy’ that an ambulance took 30 minutes to arrive and vowed that the circumstances surrounding Maradona’s death would be be ‘investigated to the end’.