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Why Napoli is considering renaming stadium after Diego Maradona

The San Paolo Stadium

Italian club Napoli is considering renaming their stadium in honour of departed legend Diego Maradona.

The Argentine died on Wednesday, November 25 at 60 years after suffering a heart attack while at his home.

His death came just two weeks after he was released from hospital after undergoing brain surgery.

During Maradona’s time between 1984 and 1991, Napoli enjoyed its finest period in their history, with the left-footed magician helping them win their only two league titles in 1987 and 1990 and their only European trophy- UEFA Cup in 1989.

Even after leaving Napoli in 1991, Maradona retained a God-like status.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has also backed renaming the Sun Paolo Stadium after the club legend.

In a letter to Maradona posted on the club’s website, De Laurentiis said, “I think it’s right to give the San Paolo your name, to still have you with us as a witness of the excellent path that his team has taken.”

Here is De Laurentiis’ letter

“Dear Diego,” De Laurentiis wrote. “You leave a great testimony of what a man is with all his fragility, strength, total love for life and for his neighbour. A unique and unrepeatable sample.

“Your weakness, your stains, your errors are equal to your immense greatness to cancel themselves in the myth.

“It has been said by many that it represents the synthesis between genius and recklessness. A painter of the balloon: unique brushstrokes to remember in the Louvre of the greatest artists.

“Like a restless Caravaggio who’s indomitable and recklessness are forgiven for his immense grandeur.

“Yours were indelible years in the memory of the Neapolitans. Symbol of a coveted redemption and desired resurrection.

“Thanks Diego, you are and you will stay with us all.”