Napoli Rename Their Stadium After Argentine Great Diego Maradona

Napoli Rename Their Stadium After Argentine Great Diego Maradona

- Diego Maradona has been respected by Napoli who named their stadium after him

- The Argentine was the club's greatest ever player playing 259 games for them

- Maradona also played for Spanish giants Barcelona during his active playing time

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Italian giants Napoli have officially renamed their stadium San Paolo after Argentine football legend Diego Maradona who died last week after suffering heart attack in his house.

The death of the former Barcelona striker came as a great shock for football fans around the world considering Maradona's contributions to soccer during his playing days.

Diego Maradona spent seven years at Napoli, and during his spell, the Argentine won two Serie A titles, a UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia before he left.

Before leaving Napoli, the 1986 World Cup winner played total of 259 games and scored 115 goals for the Italian giants.

According to the report on UK Sun, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis explained that he has been trying to rename the stadium after Maradona for the past 17 years.

"I've been in talks with local authorities for the past 17 years, I have always asked to buy the stadium and rename it 'Diego Armando Maradona'.
"If then, for tradition, we will need to call it both 'San Paolo' and 'Maradona' so be it. It won't change much, but it's only right that Maradona has this recognition.
"Even if we were to build a whole new stadium, I would name it like that."

On international level, Diego Maradona played his last game for Argentina against the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States of America.

Diego Maradona: Napoli rename their stadium after the Argentine football legend
Diego Maradona: Napoli rename their stadium after the Argentine football legend
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Earlier, had reported how Diego Maradona's former agent Walter Soriano revealed how the Argentine football great could have managed in the Premier League after been linked with Aston Villa.

Despite his superb skills and goal-scoring sense, Diego Maradona never played or managed in the Premier League throughout his lifetime.

The former Barcelona striker died last week Wednesday after suffering heart attack and has been buried in a private ceremony in Argentina.

Walter Soriano claimed then that Diego Maradona was very attracted to the English football.

Argentina people will never forget Diego Maradona because of how he helped his nation to win the 1986 World Cup.

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