Maradona once again resurfaced as his former club, Napoli paid emotional tributes to his younger brother, Hugo who passed on aged 52.
Diego Maradona was more than just a star when he featured for the club in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was ‘worshipped’.
So strong was his hold on the club’s supporters that he urged them to turn against their national team and support his own Argentina team in a 1990 World Cup semi-final match in Napoli.
His younger brother, Hugo who was also a footballer joined Diego at Napoli in 1987 at age 18, died at his home near Naples, Italian news agency ANSA reported.
Diego Maradona, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, died at the age of 60 in November 2020 due to a cardiac arrest.
“The thoughts of club president Aurelio De Laurentiis, vice president Edoardo De Laurentiis, officials, coaching staff, the players and the whole SSC Napoli family are with the Maradona family after the sad passing of Hugo,” Napoli said in a statement.
Hugo Maradona was briefly at Napoli and went on to represent clubs including Ascoli and Rayo Vallecano during a nomadic playing career across Europe, South America and Japan.