Napoli to Rename Stadium in Memory of Diego Maradona

Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli Football Club have announced plans to rename their stadium after football legend Diego Maradona who died after cardiac arrest on Wednesday.

Napoli's President, Aurelio de Laurentiis said the club will discuss renaming their stadium in Maradona's honour, combining its current title with his full iconic name.

De Laurentiis, in an interview with French sports channel, RMC Sport said: “We can consider the idea of calling our stadium San Paolo-Diego Armando Maradona.”

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

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

“We’re hoping to make it coincide with the resumption of games with fans.”

Maradona, regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, forged a strong bond with the Italian club and its supporters during his seven-year spell 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 UEFA Cup.

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

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