Napoli to rename their stadium after club legend Diego Maradona


The city council approved the resolution proposed by Naples Mayor Luigi de Magistris to change the stadium's name to honour the World Cup-winning great, who scored 115 goals in seven years at the club.

Diego Maradona died of a coronary heart assault final Wednesday on the age of 60.

"I've been in talks with local authorities for the past 17 years, I've always asked to buy the stadium and rename it "Diego Armando Maradona"," Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis told Sky in Italy. Diego, Neapolitan and Argentine, you gave us joy and happiness! And that particular way teaches us that we have to love and say "I love you" many more times.

There were few, if any, places in the world that Diego Maradona was more connected to than the city of Naples, and in the immediate hours following his death, the club were looking to pay tribute to their favourite son in the most permanent way possible: by renaming their stadium after him.

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"With his huge talent and his magic, he honoured the Napoli shirt for seven years, giving it two historical championships and other prestigious cups, and receiving in exchange from the whole city an eternal and unconditional love", a statement from the council read.

He started his career with Argentinos Juniors, before joining Boca Juniors and going on to play for Barcelona, Sevilla and Newell's Old Boys, as well as Napoli, before returning to La Bombonera in 1995.

A World Cup victor with Argentina, Maradona enjoyed stunning success in Naples, where he guided Napoli to unprecedented Serie A glory in 1986-87, and then again in 1989-90. He is widely considered one of the greatest football players of all times. They are not intended and should not be thought to represent official ideas, attitudes, or policies of any agency or institution.