Napoli complete venue rename to Diego Armando Maradona Stadium

Napoli's Belgian striker Dries Mertens pay respects to Diego Armando Maradona at the 10th minute of the match time during the Serie A football match SSC Napoli vs AS Roma. Napoli won 4-0.

Napoli have officially renamed their stadium the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in honour of the Argentine legend who led the Italian club to their only two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup, the city's council said on Friday.

Maradona died last week after suffering a heart attack at his home in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, less than a month after his 60th birthday.

The death of one of football's greatest ever players led to an outpouring of tributes, including in Naples where thousands of people took to the streets and placed flowers and memorabilia outside the Napoli stadium.

The city council approved the resolution proposed by Naples mayor Luigi de Magistris to change the stadium's name from Sao Paolo Stadium to honour the World Cup-winning great who scored 115 goals in seven years at the club.

"I've been in talks with local authorities for the past 17 years, I've always asked to buy the stadium and rename it 'Diego Armando Maradona'," Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis told Sky in Italy.

"If then, for tradition, we will need to call it both 'San Paolo' and 'Maradona' so be it. It won't change much, but it's only right that Maradona has this recognition. Even if we were to build a whole new stadium, I would name it like that.

"Your years here remain indelible in the memories of the people of Naples - symbolic of a coveted redemption and yearned-for resurrection."

Maradona signed for Napoli in 1984 and helped the club conquer the northern teams such as Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan – seen as the aristocratic establishment of Italian football, and briefly turned Serie A on its head.

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