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Napoli set to rename stadium to honour Diego Maradona

After the sudden passing of the legendary footballer Diego Maradona, the whole football fraternity is mourning and paying tribute. The Argentine great died at an age of 60 of a heart attack on November 25. The All Blacks performed the Haka in tribute, while Pele tweeted honoring his friend and said hope he would, “Someday play the ball with Maradona in the sky.”

Napoli paid tribute to the club legend in a unique manner. Napoli President, Aurelio de Laurentiis, has already confirmed that they would be renaming the San Paolo Stadium to San Paolo-Diego Armando Maradona. Diego Maradona spent seven years of his career in Napoli. He won two Serie A tiles – in 1987 and then in 1990, along with the Coppa Italia and a UEFA Cup.

On November 29, the Italian club honored Diego Maradona by unveiling a unique kit. The kit lauded the echoes of the strong bond between the Napoli and Maradona. The club’s new shirt has blue and white stripes, closely resembling to the attire of the Argentina national team.

The Napoli players wore the new Maradona jerseys when they faced AS Roma on Sunday. It was club’s first Serie A game after passing of their legend.

The club alongside Kappa, the designers and manufacturers of the kit, released a statement saying, “A year ago, we thought of designing a special jersey that echoes Diego Maradona, his beloved Argentina and the close-knit bond with the people of Naples. Our hope was that Diego would be able to see it, perhaps even wear it and share in our excitement about it.”

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