Napoli to ‘rename’ stadium after Diego Maradona

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

Napoli are considering renaming their stadium in memory of Diego Maradona after the club legend died at the age of 60.

Maradona, considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, forged a strong bond with the Italian club and its fans during the seven years between 1984 and 1991.

The forward, who inspired Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, joined Napoli from Barcelona and won their only two Serie A titles, in 1987 and 1990, along with the Coppa Italia and the Copa de UEFA.

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis confirmed after Maradona’s death that the club will discuss renaming their stadium in his honor, combining his current title with his full iconic name, Sky reports.

“We can consider the idea of ​​calling our stadium San Paolo-Diego Armando Maradona,” De Laurentiis told French sports channel RMC Sport.

Naples Mayor Luigi De Magistris supported the proposal that the city’s San Paolo stadium be renamed by Maradona, who scored 81 goals in 188 appearances for the club.

“We are already putting it together this morning, taking the first steps to dedicate the Naples stadium to Maradona,” De Magistris said.

The mayor added: “We hope it coincides with the resumption of the games with the fans.”

Fans gathered outside the stadium, which was lit in memory of Maradona’s time at the club, in the southern Italian city on Wednesday night.

The tributes have come from the world of soccer and beyond, with three days of national duel in Argentina.

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