Napoli president pens open letter to Diego Maradona

Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas asked FIFA to remove jersey number 10 from the game to honor the great Argentine Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack.

The president of Napoli, Aurelio De Laurentiis, has written an open letter at the end Diego Maradona.

Napoli published the letter on its official website.

“Dear Diego,” he wrote. “You leave a great testimony of what a man is with all his fragility, strength, total love for life and for his neighbor. A unique and unrepeatable sample.

“Your weakness, your stains, your mistakes are equal to your immense greatness to be annulled in the myth.

“Many have said that it represents the synthesis between genius and recklessness. A painter of the globe: unique brushstrokes to remember in the Louvre of the greatest artists.

“Like a restless, indomitable and reckless Caravaggio they are forgiven for their immense greatness.

“I think it’s fair to give your name to San Paolo, to have you still with us as a witness to the excellent path that his team has taken.

“Yours were indelible years in the memory of the Neapolitans. Symbol of a coveted redemption and a desired resurrection.

“Thanks Diego, you are and you will stay with all of us.”

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