Diego Maradona: Napoli consider renaming stadium San Paolo-Diego Armando Maradona
Napoli are thinking about renaming their stadium in memory of Diego Maradona after the club legend died aged 60.
Maradona, considered as among the biggest footballers of perpetuity, forged a strong bond with the Italian club and its advocates during his seven-year spell in between 1984 and 1991.
The forward, who motivated Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, joined Napoli from Barcelona and won their only 2 Serie A titles – in 1987 and 1990 – along with the Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup.
Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis verified following Maradona’s death that the club will go over relabeling their stadium in his honour, combining its present title with his full renowned name.
” We can think about the idea of calling our stadium San Paolo-Diego Armando Maradona,” De Laurentiis informed French sports channel RMC Sport.
Naples Mayor Luigi De Magistris supported the proposition that the city’s San Paolo Stadium be renamed for Maradona, who scored 81 objectives in 188 looks for the club.
” We are already putting it together today, taking the primary steps to devote Naples stadium to Maradona,” De Magistris stated.
” Its a procedure however it will be a fast procedure, because when there is such a strong desire there’s absolutely nothing that will hold us up.”
The Mayor included: “We’re wishing to make it coincide with the resumption of games with fans.”
Fans collected outside the stadium, which was lit in memory of Maradona’s time at the club, in the southern Italian city on Wednesday evening.
Tributes have gathered from the world of football and beyond, with three days of nationwide mourning underway in Argentina.
Heartbroken fans laid bouquets of flowers near Maradona’s previous club, Boca Juniors. Others gathered in the San Andres area where he lived and in La Plata, where he had lately been technical director for Gimnasia y Esgrima.
A minute’s silence took location prior to Wednesday’s Champions League matches and the same will occur prior to all other European fixtures today, including Napoli’s Europa League home match with Rijeka.
Pele paid homage to his fellow all-time terrific Maradona, stating: “One day, I hope we can play football together in the sky”.
Argentina’s all-time top goalscorer Lionel Messi wrote on Instagram: “A really unfortunate day for all Argentines and football. He leaves us but does not leave, since Diego is everlasting. I take all the excellent moments coped with him and send condolences to all his friends and family. RIP.”
Cristiano Ronaldo tweeted in Portuguese along with a photo of him and Maradona: “Today I state bye-bye to a good friend and the world bids farewell to an everlasting genius.
Gary Lineker, who was in the England side beaten by Maradona’s Argentina in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final, led the tributes on Twitter, writing: “By some distance the very best gamer of my generation and perhaps the best of all time.
” After a blessed but troubled life, ideally he’ll lastly discover some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego.”
Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford also posted a message on Twitter, while Jamie Carragher wrote: “I’ll never forget enjoying Diego Maradona as an 8 yr old at the World Cup in Mexico. Never seen anything like it on that stage given that. Unfortunate news.”
” Among the finest ever. An unrivaled magician. He leaves too soon, but leaves a tradition without limits and a space that will never ever be filled. Rest in peace, ace. You will never ever be forgotten.”
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