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In Italy, Naples erupts with joy over Argentina’s World Cup win

Italian city parties in honour of Maradona.

Naples exploded with joy over Argentina's triumph over France in a thrilling World Cup final on Sunday night, as the southern Italian city celebrated its close ties to the late Argentine football legend Diego Maradona.

 

After a nail-biting game, which ended 4-2 on penalties, crowds of ecstatic Neapolitans poured into the city's streets and made their way to the Quartieri Spagnoli which is home to a large mural of Maradona.

The football hero, who died in 2020, played seven golden years with Napoli, leading the club to two Serie A victories. He remains a revered figure in Naples three decades after he left the club.

Crowds waved blue and white flags and chanted choruses in honour of Maradona as well as Lionel Messi who scored two goals in the final and then another in a shootout to claim Argentina's third World Cup title.

Messi is also a star attraction in this year's ceramic statuettes made by master crib-maker Genny Di Virgilio who continues the Neapolitan Nativity scene tradition each Christmas by honouring figures from the world of politics, sport or entertainment.

Photo credit: Emanuele Nocerino / Shutterstock.com.

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