Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has confirmed that the club will rename its stadium in honour of the Argentine soccer legend and former player Diego Armando Maradona.
Maradona, who spent seven years at the club, passed away on Wednesday, 25th November, at the age of 60, after suffering a heart attack.
Speaking to RMC Sport, Laurentiis said: “The Stadio San Paolo Stadium could take Maradona’s name.
“We can consider the idea of calling our stadium San Paolo-Diego Armando Maradona,” Laurentiis was quoted as saying by French sports channel RMC Sport.
“He made our people dream, he defended Napoli with his genius. In 2017, Diego became a citizen of our honour, Neapolitan and Argentina. You gave us joy and happiness. Napoli love you!”
The 1986 World Cup winner joined Napoli from Barcelona in 1984. In his first season with the club, Maradona scored 14 Serie A goals to finish behind Michel Platini and Alessandro Altobelli as the league’s top scorer.
In his seven seasons with the Italian side, he won the Serie A title in 1987 and 1990, along with an Italian Cup in 1987 and a Uefa Cup in 1991.
Maradona was the all-time leading goalscorer for Napoli. He played a total of 259 games for the club, scoring 115 goals a record that was broken by Marek Hamsik in 2017.
He left Napoli in 1992 after testing positive for cocaine. Later on, in honour of Maradona and his achievements during his career at Napoli, the No. 10 jersey of Napoli was officially retired.