Football Club Napoli, in Italy, have officially changed the name of their home grounds in honour of former player and club legend, Diego Maradona.
The decision to changed the name of the stadium from The San Paulo to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, who passed away on the 25th of November, 2020 was immediately considered by Napoli Mayor, Luigi De Magistris, just hours after his death was announced.
“With his immense talent and his magic, he honoured the Napoli shirt for seven years, giving it two historical championships and other prestigious cups, and receiving in exchange from the whole city an eternal and unconditional love,” a statement from the council read.
Diego Maradona who played for the Naples club, won 2 Serie A titles during his seven years playing for the club from 198 to 1991. He was loved by not only the club fans, but by members of the city as well, with the citizens coming out to pay their respect to the football legend.
“Through the football victories of the Argentine champion, it was not only the Napoli team that won but the whole city, which fully identifies with him,…Maradona fought the prejudices and discrimination that Neapolitans were still subjected to inside the stadiums, becoming the idol of the entire city”, the statement from the city council read.
This is the second stadium to be named after the Argentine. His former football club, Argentinos Junior, where he made his professional debut in 1976, changed the name of the stadium from Estadio de la Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors to Estadio Diego Armando Maradona, following a redo of the grounds and to mark the club’s 100 year celebration.