Diego Maradona: Napoli wear new kit against Roma in tribute to Argentina legend

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Lorenzo Insigne carries a blue and white striped Napoli shirt dedicated to the late Diego Maradona
Image: Lorenzo Insigne carries a blue and white striped Napoli shirt dedicated to the late Diego Maradona

Napoli honoured Diego Maradona by wearing a new kit echoing the "very strong bond" between the Italian club and his native Argentina, when they faced Roma on Sunday in their first Serie A match since his death.

The sporting world has been paying tribute to Maradona, who died at the age of 60 earlier this week, with Napoli already having confirmed their stadium will be renamed to include the Argentine's full name.

The forward, who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, joined Napoli from Barcelona and won their only two Serie A titles - in 1987 and 1990 - along with the Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup.

"A year ago, together with Kappa, we thought of designing a special jersey that echoes Diego Maradona, his beloved Argentina and the close-knit bond with the people of Naples," the club said in a joint statement with kit manufacturer Kappa.

"Our hope was that Diego would be able to see it, perhaps even wear it and share in our excitement about it.

"It was agreed that the new kit would be unveiled on matchday nine of the Serie A campaign, during the match between SSC Napoli and Roma.

"The Kombat jersey that the players will don tonight will have an even greater significance than initially intended."

Napoli sported a new blue and white striped shirt, closely resembling Argentina's colours, as tribute to the late Maradona
Image: Napoli sported a new blue and white striped shirt, closely resembling Argentina's colours, as a tribute to the late Maradona

The club's shirt featured blue and white stripes, closely resembling the colours of the Argentina national team.

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Clubs in Serie A - where Maradona led Napoli to their only league titles, in 1987 and 1990 - also held a minute's silence before this weekend's fixtures, and players sported black armbands.

Maradona's image was displayed in the stadiums before kick-off, as was the message 'Ciao Diego'. Maradona was again be shown on stadium screens in the 10th minute of matches, marking the No 10 shirt he famously wore.

Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne kisses a commemorative shirt for former player Diego Maradona
Image: Insigne kisses a commemorative shirt for former player Maradona

In addition, the Napoli legend's famous pre-match warm-up routine which he performed before the club's 1989 UEFA Cup semi-final against Bayern Munich was also shown in all Serie A stadiums this weekend.

Maradona performed a remarkable keepie-uppie display to the rhythm of the song Live is Life by Opus which was being played in the ground at the time. The routine has earned cult status among football supporters.

Football world pays tribute to Maradona

Diego Maradona and Pele are the selection of many people as the two greatest footballers of all time
Image: Diego Maradona and Pele are considered by many as the two greatest footballers of all time

Pele paid tribute to his fellow all-time great Maradona, saying: "One day, I hope we can play football together in the sky".

Argentina's all-time top goalscorer Lionel Messi wrote on Instagram: "A very sad day for all Argentines and football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal. I take all the good moments lived with him and send condolences to all his family and friends. RIP."

Cristiano Ronaldo tweeted in Portuguese alongside a picture of him and Maradona: "Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius."

Gary Lineker, who was in the England side beaten by Maradona's Argentina in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final, led the tributes on Twitter, writing: "By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time.

The All Blacks honoured Diego Maradona with their Haka. 1:57
New Zealand honoured Diego Maradona with their Haka before facing Argentina in the Tri-Nations

"After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he'll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego."

Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford also posted a message on Twitter, while Jamie Carragher wrote: "I'll never forget watching Diego Maradona as an 8 yr old at the World Cup in Mexico. Never seen anything like it on that stage since. Sad news."

"One of the best ever. An unparalleled magician. He leaves too soon, but leaves a legacy without limits and a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace, ace. You will never be forgotten."

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