Why Napoli won’t take part in Maradona Cup

by | Oct 28, 2021 11:40

According to reports in Argentina, Napoli refused to take part in the Maradona Cup for economic and organizational reasons.

The Maradona Cup will be played on December 14 in Saudi Arabia to honour the Argentinean legend, one year after his death.

Barcelona and Boca are two of Maradona’s former clubs, but Napoli is the place where he became a legend of the game, winning the only two Serie A titles in the club’s history as well as a UEFA Cup.

Therefore, many were surprised to see that Napoli were not involved in the tournament to honour Maradona’s memory.

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According to reports in Italy and Argentina, there are two reasons why the Partenopei will not take part in the tournament.

The first one has to do with the packed fixture list that would make it complicated for the Azzurri to travel to Saudi Arabia in the middle of December.

Secondly, Napoli didn’t reach an economic agreement with the agency that has organized the event. Boca and Barcelona will get €1m each, while Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis reportedly requested €5m.

Infobae in Argentina confirms Napoli demanded €5m to participate in the tournament, but their request was rejected.

According to CalcioNapoli24, the Partenopei are now working on their own project to honour Maradona and could organize a friendly with Argentinos Junior in December or January.

epaselect epa08844111 Napoli fans gather outside the San Paolo stadium to pay tribute to late Argentinian soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona prior to the UEFA Europa League group F soccer match between SSC Napoli and HNK Rijeka in Naples, Italy, 26 November 2020. Diego Maradona has died after a heart attack on 25 November 2020. The Argentine soccer great was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity. He was 60. EPA-EFE/CIRO FUSCO

3 Comments

  1. TorreDG

    Bravo ADL, good to know that Oil money can’t buy everyone.

  2. Mj

    Bravo organizers. Good to know Napoli extortion didn’t work. Napoli missed a key marketing opportunity.

  3. Burky

    Well done ADL.

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