The sporting world is mourning the death of Diego Maradona, widely believed to be one of the greatest football players of all time.
The infamous Argentine was named the FIFA Player of the Century in 2000 for his mind-bending feats of skill and agility. But he was also no stranger to controversy.
As well as a reputation for dabbling in illicit substances, “The Golden Kid” was renowned and derided — in the UK at least — for a goal-scoring handball against England in the 1986 World Cup.
But one incident some 18 months earlier showed he had a big heart fitting for a giant of the game.
Maradona arrived at Napoli in the summer of 1984 for a world record fee, greeted by 75,000 fans at the Stadio San Paolo and hailed as a “saviour”.
A local newspaper was even reported to be so overjoyed it claimed the city had no “mayor, houses, schools, buses, employment and sanitation [but] none of this matters because we have Maradona.”