Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis on Thursday promised that the Italian club’s stadium will be named after Diego Maradona. The Argentinian, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 60, is Napoli’s greatest player ever.
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“I believe it is the right decision to name San Paolo after you so that you can stay with us forever,” wrote De Laurentiis in an open letter to Maradona at the site van Napoli.
Maradona played for Napoli between 1984 and 1991. He led ‘I Partenopei’ in 1987 and 1990 to the only two titles in club history and thus made himself immortal in Naples. He also won the UEFA Cup with the Southern Italians in 1989.
“Your years here are indelible memories for the people of Naples,” says De Laurentiis. “They symbolize a resurrection that we so longed for. You leave us as a unique, inimitable champion.
“Your weaknesses, your imperfections, your mistakes are on the same level as your immense greatness. Unmanageable and wild, but great at the same time.”
The name change of the stadium, which is currently still called Stadio San Paolo, was suggested on Wednesday by Luigi de Magistris, the mayor of Naples.