Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Soccer: Mobbed Maradona hints at Napoli future


Naples, February 26 - Soccer great Diego Maradona
hinted he might become Napoli coach one day as he was mobbed by
fans of his former club during a visit to Naples on Tuesday.
The Argentine is revered in the southern Italian city after
leading the local side to two Serie A titles and a UEFA Cup
during his memorable stint with them between 1984 and 1991.
Maradona was at his prime during his time with Napoli and
in this period he also inspired Argentina to win the 1986 World
Cup, scoring the famous 'Hand of God' goal and the most highly
voted 'best goal ever' against England along the way.
"They have told me that Roma and Inter are after (Napoli's
current coach Walter) Mazzarri," Maradona told a press
conference regarding his 40-million-euro dispute with the
Italian tax authorities.
"We former Napoli players would (all) like to be on the
Napoli bench, but we have to respect Mazzarri.
"When Mazzarri goes, I...," said the former Argentina boss,
finishing the sentence by lifting his hand up.
He also said that those who argue that Barcelona forward
and fellow Argentine Lionel Messi has deposed him as soccer's
all-time top player were wrong.
"Messi is a great player and I don't like the comparisons
with him. I like the ones with (Brazil great) Pele.
"Anyway I'm the best. Messi needs to become a member of an
Argentina team that wins the World Cup (to surpass me) and that
won't be easy".
He encouraged the current Napoli side that they still were
in with a chance of winning this year's Serie A title, despite
being held 0-0 at Udinese Monday, leaving them six points behind
leaders Juventus in second place.
"Napoli must not give up, I say to the players that they
should not be afraid to win," said Maradona.
"I don't think the championship can be considered over with
12 games to play.
"Napoli have to keep chasing Juve, who are more practical,
but not better.
"Let's not forget that Juventus have to come to Naples (on
Friday) and we know that they are not the same away from home as
they are in Naples".
Maradona has been greeted by crowds of cheering fans
everywhere he has gone since arriving in Naples on Tuesday and
he admitted that hearing the Napoli fans chant for him had
brought him to tears.
He also talked about the dispute over alleged unpaid taxes
on off-the-books earnings in sponsorship and merchandising deals
during his stint at Napoli.
Last month the ex-player's lawyer said a tax commission had
cancelled the debt, but the inland revenue agency subsequently
said this was not true, saying the ruling only applied to the
old Napoli soccer club, which went bankrupt in 2004.
Maradona says he is being persecuted by the authorities -
he had a diamond-studded earring and a Rolex watch seized, among
other assets, on past visits to Italy.
"I didn't kill anyone," Maradona said. "I come here to ask
for justice.
"They say that often justice does not exist. I want to
believe that justice does exists for me. I am a victim".

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