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Napoli renames stadium in honour of Maradona

A banner reading in Italian "Heart...Naples swears to you eternal love" to honour Diego Maradona is displayed in the stands prior to the Serie A football match between Napoli and Roma, at the Naples San Paolo Stadium or November 29, 2020.   | Photo Credit: AP

Italian club Napoli renamed its stadium in honour of former captain Diego Maradona.

The Naples city council unanimously approved the change of name from Stadio San Paolo to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

“Napoli is delighted about today’s decision,” the club said in a brief online statement.

Maradona died last week aged 60 in his native Argentina. Fans gathered in thousands at Napoli’s stadium to mourn him, leaving candles, flowers, pictures and notes.

In a seven-year stint at Napoli from 1984-91, Maradona led the club to its only Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990, the Italian Cup in 1987, and its only major European title, the UEFA Cup, in 1989.

The day after his death, Maradona was honoured by Napoli at its Europa League match against HNK Rijeka when every player wore a shirt inscribed with ‘Maradona 10.’

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