Diego Maradona painting

Gorgeous watercolor painting by Sebastian Domenech from Argentina of the legend that is Diego Maradona, pictured during his time at Napoli.

ll Diego’s legacy in Naples is nothing short of spectacular, so much so that he is still revered as a God in the city. As Colin O’Brien explains:

What he did was nothing short of miraculous. He led the Partenopei to not one, but two Serie A titles – a feat never before achieved by a mainland southern team. He won the Coppa Italia, the UEFA Cup, the Supercoppa Italiana and the hearts of a million Neapolitans.

Maradona and the rest of that special Napoli side broke the northern hegemony that has always controlled Italian football – and much of Italian life. Naples was a city derided as poor and corrupt, abandoned by the Italian ruling classes. But in the 1980s, they had the greatest player in the world flying the flag for them, and it’s something that no one in the city has ever forgotten.

The Argentinian is a quasi-religious figure in Campania. A generation of Neapolitan men were christened “Diego,” and it seems that even after more than two decades, no street in the centre is without some mural, shrine or slogan dedicated to the most fantastic of the fantasisti.

The painting features giclée prints on natural white, with a matte and ultra smooth finish. High quality versions of the painting are available for purchase here.

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