By Simdi Gloria:-
The Naples city council has approved a resolution that will change the name of Napoli’s home stadium from Stadio San Paolo to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
This was proposed by Napolis mayor Lugi de magistris.
With his immense 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.
“Through the football victories of the Argentine champion, it was not only the Napoli team that won but the whole city, which fully identifies with him,” it read.
“Always on the side of the weakest and the common people, Maradona fought the prejudices and discrimination that Neapolitans were still subjected to inside the stadiums, becoming the idol of the entire city.”
Napoli paid tribute to Maradona during the Europa League match against Rijeka.
Captain Lorenzo Insigne laid a wreath before kick-off, while the Napoli team lined up in ‘Maradona 10’ shirts.
After the game in which Napoli won, the forward Dries Mertens told Sky Sport Italia: “It was an awful moment for me, so I can only imagine how those who lived through his time at Napoli must have felt.
“He made such a big impact on this city and for everyone in the south of Italy. I want to be positive and focus on my memories of a smiling man who loved football. It was tough to pull that shirt on. In some ways, it was always a dream, but not like this.”
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