OFFICIAL: Napoli name stadium after Maradona

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Napoli’s home ground has been renamed after Diego Maradona in memory of the late Argentine superstar, who passed away last week at the age of 60.

Maradona led the Italian club to two league titles.

The city authorities and the club’s president had proposed renaming the San Paolo Stadium within hours of Maradona’s death on 25 November, Naples town hall said on Friday.

“The decree was signed by the entire city council,” the city government said in a statement.

The statement hailed Maradona as “the greatest footballer of all time who, with his immense talent and magic, honoured the Naples jersey for seven years, offering it two Italian league titles and other prestigious trophies, and receiving, in exchange, the eternal and unconditional love of the entire city”.

Napoli’s next home game will be next Thursday in the Europa League against Real Sociedad.

Napoli have already paid homage to Maradona, who played for the club from 1984 to 1991.

The players wore his number ten for a minute’s silence in a Europa League game the day after Maradona’s death.

In Serie A on Sunday against Roma the team played in a jersey reminiscent of the Argentine colours, designed as a tribute to Maradona.

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By Ofhani Munyai 

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