Napoli to Rename Stadium After Diego Maradona

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Napoli are to rename their stadium after Diego Maradona
Napoli are to rename their stadium after Diego Maradona / Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images
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Napoli are set to rename their stadium after Diego Maradona after the club legend passed away at the age of 60.

Maradona - widely regarded as the game's greatest ever player - suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away in his native Argentina on Wednesday, triggering a mass outpouring of tributes from the footballing world and beyond.

The forward is best known for his antics with national side Argentina, whom he inspired to World Cup glory in 1986, but he spent seven successful years at Napoli between 1984 and 1991 and forged a strong bond with the club's supporters and the city itself.

Maradona joined the club from Barcelona and went on to win two Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Cup during his time in Italy.

Club president Aurelio de Laurentiis revealed that the club would consider changing the name of the club's stadium from Stadio San Paolo to San Paolo-Diego Armando Maradona. The mayor of Naples, Luigi de Magistris, has supported this suggestion.

"Diego Armando Maradona, the most immense footballer of all time, died Diego made our people dream, he redeemed Naples with his genius," de Magistris wrote on Twitter. "In 2017 he became our honorary citizen Diego, Neapolitan and Argentine, you gave us joy and happiness! Naples loves you!"

An hour later, de Magistris added: "Let's name the San Paolo Stadium after Diego Armando Maradona!!!"

Maradona's legacy is still evident on the streets of Naples, 29 years after he departed the club, with various murals, art work and posters scattered across the city.

Maradona scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina between 1977 and 1994 - including his iconic goal of the century against England in 1986.

The forward also had spells with Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Sevilla and Newell's Old Boys during his 21-year club football career.


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