Naples and La Boca united to remember Diego Maradona

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Boca fans remembered Diego Maradona in Naples, a year after his death

“Olé olé olé, Diego Diegoooo”, it was the soundtrack of the tour that Hundreds of fans of the “xeneizes” clubs of the Old Continent They performed 24 hours before through the emblematic corners of Naples to remember the Pibe de Oro, the symbol of the Ribera team that made the city of southern Italy its own during the seven years that it wore the blue jersey with the number 10 on the back, between 1984 and 1991.

From the first Morning rally in front of La Bodega de D10S de Vía Emanuele de Deo 62, in the heart of the Spanish neighborhood, Boca fans who arrived from the club’s European “consulates”, in particular Madrid, took advantage of each of the thousands of tribute images to Diego to stop, sing and pay homage to him, mixed between pogo, tears and flares with dozens of tifosi from Napoli that accompanied them all day.

A line of brotherhood between La Boca and Naples

In the first stop, despite the incessant rain, there were excited dances and songs in front of the eight photos that adorn the corner, including those of the goal with the hand to England and the one of the indelible celebration after turning Greece into the 1994 World Cup, their last World Cup as a player.

“Today our emotions are mixed, it is a super sad day remember that we lost nothing more and nothing less than our lifelong idol, but also we are happy to be here representing Boca in this tribute, “said the fan from Boca Chica Martín Montero, when inaugurating a plaque that the Xeneizes placed in the Spanish Quarter, the epicenter of Neapolitan devotion to Diego.

The plate that Boca discovered in Naples

“What is lived here in Naples is tremendous; you talk to any Neapolitan and he cries. It is an unbeatable feeling. Here we understand that people talk about Diego and cry. There is a line of brotherhood between La Boca and Naples, between Boca fans and Napoli fans, “added Montero.

The statue that immortalizes Diego Maradona

“No one dies who leaves,” said one of the flags that led the procession of homage to “Pelusa” that had one of its most exciting points after Italian noon, when The statue made by the Italian Domenico Sepe, who immortalizes it in bronze, was discovered in front of the Diego Armando Maradona stadium, former San Paolo.

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The statue of Maradona that was discovered this Thursday

The statue of Maradona that was discovered this Thursday

The work that was discovered in the presence of the Italian son of the star, Diego Junior, has the word “D10S” on the front, and next to it indicates the dates of its passage through the memory of the world soccer people: 1960-infinite.

In front of the statue, a number 10 made with flowers was witness to the act that also mobilized the communal government authorities, who gave it to the Maradonian fans and will leave it located in the place until a definitive place is defined.

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Diego Jr. was present at the emotional tribute to his father

Diego Jr. was present at the emotional tribute to his father

“Maradona made a people happy”

While the passion for Maradona served as a cultural bridge for the fusion in a single human tide of the Argentine and Italian fans, from Rome the ambassador to Italy, Roberto Carlés, He contributed his memory of the “Pibe de Oro”.

“Maradona made a people happy, And that is not something we see in the world regularly. Argentina owes him many hugs and many tears of emotion, Italy found another son in him, and the Neapolitans occasionally had a brother who represented them and loved them very much, “said Carlés.

For the ambassador, “that love, that dedication, that history, is as eternal as his name.”

Tribute to Ten at door number 10

The Neapolitan-Boquense route took them later at gate number 10 of the stadium, where the songs of homage returned between flares and Argentine flags, Boca and the Azzurro club.

“I see the faces full of tears. It thrills and breaks my heart,” said Carlos Colombo, another of Boca’s fans who arrived in Naples.

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Argentine and Neapolitan fans remembered Diego Maradona

Argentine and Neapolitan fans remembered Diego Maradona

There the balloons were released in tribute to the author of the most beautiful goal in the history of the World Cups, as a prologue for one of the most picturesque and fraternal moments of the long day of tribute: a 5v5 match to remember Ten.

In the middle of the caravan, the entire city was bending to the tribute. Like the renowned pastry chef Maria De Vito, who announced the creation of a characteristic panettone in memory of the former footballer. “PanDiego”, as he baptized it, it has ten ingredients – Diego’s magic number – and is decorated with a ball and a left-handed booty, like the one achieved by the only two “Scudetto” that Napoli has in its history.

Olé, olé, olé, Diego, Diego

“This tribute to Diego in Naples is a dream come true for all the bosteros from different parts of the world who came to remember Maradona. We made a lot of effort: both money and time “, said Leo, another Argentine who traveled from the Spanish capital to pay tribute to the idol.

Or like the memory ofhe current president of Napoli, Aurelio De Laurentis, who compared the “Ten” to a “God of Olympus”, when seeing the photographs that are exhibited in one of the many altars that throughout the year, and especially, were dressed up in the Spanish Quarter to remember Maradona.

“In every street there is a graffiti, a photo or a painting with your face. And like us, they don’t think to forget you here either,” Nicolás Silvestri, from the Madrid consulate, said later in a poem he read for Maradona: “We came to share this beautiful madness with the Neapolitans”, he read almost through tears in another of the Neapolitan corners.

By then, hundreds and fans of the two teams were still chanting the “Olé, olé, Diego, Diego” which, for at least one day, was as Neapolitan as the imposing Vesuvius volcano that Maradona contemplated every morning of the seven years that it shone. in the southern Italian team.

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