Napoli has announced that their stadium, Stadio San Paolo has been renamed to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in honour of their former player Diego Maradona, who died last week aged 60.
The city authorities and the club’s president had proposed renaming the San Paolo Stadium within hours of Maradona’s death on November 25.
“The decree was signed by the entire city council,” the city government said in a statement.
The statement hailed Maradona as “the greatest footballer of all time who, with his immense talent and magic, honoured the Naples jersey for seven years, offering it two Italian league titles and other prestigious trophies, and receiving, in exchange, the eternal and unconditional love of the entire city”.
Napoli’s next home game will be next Thursday in the Europa League against Real Sociedad.
Napoli has already paid homage to Maradona, who played for the club from 1984 to 1991, in two home games.
The players wore his number ten for a minute’s silence in a Europa League game the day after Maradona’s death. In Serie A on Sunday gainst Roma the team played in a jersey reminiscent of the Argentine colours, designed as a tribute to Maradona
Maradona, who died after a heart attack, became an instant hero when joining Napoli from Barcelona in 1984 and spent seven years at the club.
He transformed Napoli from also-rans into a major force and also helped them win the Coppa Italia in 1987 and the UEFA Cup in 1989.
He scored 81 goals in 188 appearances for Napoli in all competitions and skippered Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986.