Captain of the 1986 World Cup winning team Maradona passed away aged 60 at home in Tigre, north of his hometown Buenos Aires, on Wednesday after suffering a fatal heart attack.
Napoli, the club at which the number ten enjoyed the most fruitful years of his domestic playing career, described the loss as a “devastating blow” for both the city of Naples and the club.
“We are in mourning,” said club spokesman Nicola Lombardo, Reuters reported. “We feel like a boxer who has been knocked out. We are in shock.”
Maradona won two Serie A titles and a Coppa Italia in the late 1980s and early 90s with the Neapolitan club, including a league and cup double, as well as his only European trophy with the UEFA Cup.