Serie A club Napoli are considering renaming their San Paolo Stadium home in honor of Diego Maradona after the Argentine icon and former Napoli hero died at the age of 60.
Maradona led Napoli into a golden era in the club’s history when he came to southern Italy in 1984 after a turbulent two-year stint in Barcelona.
The Argentine became the driving force behind a first Scudetto in 1987, an achievement they repeated in 1990.
Maradona also won the 1989 UEFA Cup during his time in Italy, a Coppa Italia in 1987 and a Supercoppa Italia in 1990.
The mercury playmaker left Napoli in 1991 after a series of scandals eventually caught up with him, but remains revered in the city.
Evidence of this was the testimony of Napoli President Aurelio de Laurentiis that the club would consider renaming the stadium in honor of the late icon.
Napoli President Aurelio de Laurentiis on RMC Info: “We can think about the idea of naming our stadium San Paolo-Diego Armando Maradona.” 🔵🏟 @ mohamedbouhafsi 05/07/1984, Diego for the first time in San Paolo. Imagine this stadium by its name. # D10Spic.twitter.com / BepFdfXKWY
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 25, 2020
It was later reported that the city’s mayor, Luigi De Magistris, had urged the club to continue the move.
Previously, a Napoli spokesman had said the club had felt a sense of shock and deafness from the loss of one of their most popular adoptive sons.
“We mourn,” said club official Nicola Lombardo. “We feel like a boxer who has been knocked out. We are in shock.”
Heartbroken fans took to the streets in Napoli to hold vigils in Maradona’s honor, while UEFA announced that there would be a minute’s silence in the next round of Champions League and Europa League matches.
Maradona died suddenly on Wednesday at his home in Tigre, north of Buenos Aires, after a cardiac arrest.
He was recently released from the hospital after undergoing brain surgery to remove a blood clot.
After the news of his death broke, honors poured out from the football world and far beyond.
Three days of mourning were declared in Argentina.
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