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Thu Nov 26, 2020, 01:33 PM

8. 'He made the poor feel rich': Napoli fans break coronavirus lockdown to mourn Maradona

Pasquale Porciello
Thu, 26 November 2020, 9:34 am GMT-6·3-min read

He is dead.

The demigod - a God on the field, human, too human outside - Diego Maradona died at the age of 60 in his Buenos Aires house.

He is not dead, not least in Napoli.

In spite of a strict coronavirus lockdown, hundreds of supporters flocked to the streets on Wednesday night and Thursday.

"There have been talks about his mistakes in life, his conduct. We forgive him everything because of the champion and the generous person he has been,” Andrea told The Independent in the Quartieri Spagnoli (the Spanish Quarters), the working-class heart of Naples.

Nearby, Giovanni has a broken voice when he remembers the Sundays with his family at the stadium.

He is now 42. “He gave voice to the people who could not speak, a feeling of satisfaction to the marginalised. He made the poor feel rich. There was no social difference when Napoli was playing. We were all one," he says.


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