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Napoli Name Their Stadium 'Stadio Diego Armando Maradona' After Football Legend's Tragic Passing

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Napoli Name Their Stadium 'Stadio Diego Armando Maradona' After Football Legend's Tragic Passing

Napoli have renamed their stadium after one of their greatest ever players sadly passed away.

Diego Maradona, who spent seven years with the Italian giants, has died after suffering a cardiac arrest in his home country of Argentina.

Napoli fans have paid tribute to Maradona outside the club's stadium. Credit: PA
Napoli fans have paid tribute to Maradona outside the club's stadium. Credit: PA

It's understood 60-year-old Maradona was at home recovering from brain surgery.

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Tributes from fans, experts, current and former players have already come flooding in for the 1986 World Cup winner, but perhaps the most touching one has come from one of Maradona's former clubs.

In the wake of his passing, Serie A heavyweights Napoli have now decided to officially rename their stadium after him.

Club president Aurelio de Laurentiis revealed the club were considering changing the name of the 55,000-seater stadium to honour their adopted son.

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Maradona lifts the FIFA World Cup in 1986. Credit: PA
Maradona lifts the FIFA World Cup in 1986. Credit: PA

The mayor of Naples, Luigi de Magistris, supported this suggestion.

"Diego Armando Maradona is dead, the most immense footballer of all time," he said.

"Diego made our people dream, he redeemed Naples with his genius. In 2017 he became an honorary citizen. Diego, Neapolitan and Argentine, you gave us joy and happiness. Naples loves you.

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"Let's name the San Paolo Stadium after Diego Armando Maradona!"

While he's best known for his dazzling displays in the iconic white and sky blue stripes of Argentina, Maradona is also worshipped on the streets of Naples.

Between 1984 and 1991, he scored 115 goals for Napoli and even became Italian football's top scorer for the 1987-88 season.

The countless murals and images of him plastered all over the streets of Naples just goes to show the long-lasting impact he had on the bayside Italian city.

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Rest In Peace, Diego.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football, Diego Maradona, Napoli, Argentina, Australia, Italy

Max Sherry
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