Sacro Cappella di Diego Maradona

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Sacro Cappella di Diego Maradona

Located opposite the newly restored Roman marble statue of Egyptian river god Nile, inside the Bar Nilo, this homemade shrine to Napoli's all-time favorite soccer player, Diego Maradona, is a masterpiece—at least by Pop Art standards. "The hand of God, the head of Maradona," quoth the famous Argentina-born superstar after scoring a much-disputed World cup goal against England. This sentiment and its ability to mix the earthly and fallible with the divine is also peculiarly Neapolitan. The shrine, appropriately bearing the colors of Argentina's flag, has the footballer flanked by San Gennaro and Nuestra Senora de Lujan, a clipping from La Gazzetta dello Sport (Sports Gazette), and an ampoule containing tears from the fateful year (1991) when the champion left Naples and his team's winning streak promptly ended.

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