This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Maradona museum! Argentine icon's friend meticolusly maintains memorabilia collection in Naples04:35

Maradona museum! Argentine icon's friend meticolusly maintains memorabilia collection in Naples

Italy, Naples
November 30, 2020 at 17:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

An impressive Maradona memorabilia collection was seen being lovingly conserved by one of the football icon's friends in a Naples basement on Monday.

Collection owner Massimo Vignati first crossed paths with the football legend as a child, due to his mother being Maradona's housekeeper and his father working as a caretaker at Naples' San Paolo Stadium. Maradona and Vignati's family enjoyed a tight bond, with Vignati calling him the "our 12th brother."

"I have lost a brother, my mother has lost a child. Diego is everything for me, and he never dies because he lives inside us," Vignati explained.

An astounding array of jerseys worn by the superstar over the course of his career (including the one he wore when Napoli won the UEFA cup in 1989), as well as a hefty supply of balls, shoes, banners, and portraits were among the items seen inside the makeshift 'museum.'

"The private Maradona was stronger than the Maradona on the pitch. A generous person, a person who has done good things to many people," Vignati recounted.

Maradona played for Napoli between 1984 and 1991, leading them to their only Serie A titles in 1986-87 and 1989-90 as well as winning the Europa league in 1988-89.

The legendary Argentine footballer died on November 25 after suffering a heart attack while recovering from brain surgery.

Maradona museum! Argentine icon's friend meticolusly maintains memorabilia collection in Naples04:35
No Account? Sign up!
Description

An impressive Maradona memorabilia collection was seen being lovingly conserved by one of the football icon's friends in a Naples basement on Monday.

Collection owner Massimo Vignati first crossed paths with the football legend as a child, due to his mother being Maradona's housekeeper and his father working as a caretaker at Naples' San Paolo Stadium. Maradona and Vignati's family enjoyed a tight bond, with Vignati calling him the "our 12th brother."

"I have lost a brother, my mother has lost a child. Diego is everything for me, and he never dies because he lives inside us," Vignati explained.

An astounding array of jerseys worn by the superstar over the course of his career (including the one he wore when Napoli won the UEFA cup in 1989), as well as a hefty supply of balls, shoes, banners, and portraits were among the items seen inside the makeshift 'museum.'

"The private Maradona was stronger than the Maradona on the pitch. A generous person, a person who has done good things to many people," Vignati recounted.

Maradona played for Napoli between 1984 and 1991, leading them to their only Serie A titles in 1986-87 and 1989-90 as well as winning the Europa league in 1988-89.

The legendary Argentine footballer died on November 25 after suffering a heart attack while recovering from brain surgery.

Top downloads in last 24 hours
04:20
Russia: Navalny supporters detained at rally in St. PetersburgRussia: Navalny supporters detained at rally in St. Petersburg
January 23, 2021 at 19:33 GMT +00:00
04:46
Mesmerizing scenes as pink flamingos rest on lagoon in Turkey's IzmirMesmerizing scenes as pink flamingos rest on lagoon in Turkey's Izmir
January 22, 2021 at 07:36 GMT +00:00
03:11
Russia: Dozens arrested as Navalny supporters rally across the country Russia: Dozens arrested as Navalny supporters rally across the country
January 23, 2021 at 12:06 GMT +00:00
04:32
Feel the burn! 91 y/o Chinese barber uses hot iron bar to trim hairFeel the burn! 91 y/o Chinese barber uses hot iron bar to trim hair
January 23, 2021 at 05:22 GMT +00:00
03:19
Fisherman's best friend - cat accompanies owner on fishing trips in Russia’s Far East Fisherman's best friend - cat accompanies owner on fishing trips in Russia’s Far East
January 23, 2021 at 10:09 GMT +00:00
02:06
Russia: Police detain supporters of Navalny at Moscow rally Russia: Police detain supporters of Navalny at Moscow rally
January 23, 2021 at 12:51 GMT +00:00
02:46
Chile: Chaos in Santiago as police fire water cannon at anti-government protestersChile: Chaos in Santiago as police fire water cannon at anti-government protesters
January 23, 2021 at 04:48 GMT +00:00
02:15
China: COVID testing continues in Beijing district after two cases of UK strain foundChina: COVID testing continues in Beijing district after two cases of UK strain found
January 23, 2021 at 09:58 GMT +00:00
02:10
Hong Kong: Thousands in lockdown as police cordons off area to curb COVID outbreakHong Kong: Thousands in lockdown as police cordons off area to curb COVID outbreak
January 23, 2021 at 08:17 GMT +00:00
02:24
France: Protesters hit streets of Paris for rally against job lossesFrance: Protesters hit streets of Paris for rally against job losses
January 23, 2021 at 14:57 GMT +00:00
02:30
Germany: Protesters demand release of Navalny at Munich rallyGermany: Protesters demand release of Navalny at Munich rally
January 23, 2021 at 11:23 GMT +00:00
03:55
China: Documentary about early days of pandemic released across the countryChina: Documentary about early days of pandemic released across the country
January 23, 2021 at 06:36 GMT +00:00
04:40
World's tallest swing ride open for business at Bollywood Parks in DubaiWorld's tallest swing ride open for business at Bollywood Parks in Dubai
January 22, 2021 at 14:30 GMT +00:00
04:54
Russia: Larry King talks to Lavrov about Trump and Salisbury caseRussia: Larry King talks to Lavrov about Trump and Salisbury case
July 13, 2018 at 02:07 GMT +00:00
03:43
Russia: Police detain Navalny supporters at unauthorised rallies across countryRussia: Police detain Navalny supporters at unauthorised rallies across country
January 23, 2021 at 16:32 GMT +00:00
02:54
Norway: 'I’ve never seen fake news' – Larry KingNorway: 'I’ve never seen fake news' – Larry King
June 21, 2017 at 15:11 GMT +00:00
02:27
Russia: Navalny protest continues into the night as commission says 600 detained at Moscow rally Russia: Navalny protest continues into the night as commission says 600 detained at Moscow rally
January 23, 2021 at 20:05 GMT +00:00
05:00
Russia: Moscow police detain Navalny supporters as thousands gather for unauthorised protestRussia: Moscow police detain Navalny supporters as thousands gather for unauthorised protest
January 23, 2021 at 15:58 GMT +00:00
02:50
Spain: Thousands of COVID sceptics take to Madrid streetsSpain: Thousands of COVID sceptics take to Madrid streets
January 24, 2021 at 02:24 GMT +00:00
01:34
Portugal: Health care system in crisis as country records world's highest incidence ratePortugal: Health care system in crisis as country records world's highest incidence rate
January 23, 2021 at 00:24 GMT +00:00
02:14
San Francisco parlour releases ‘Kamala Harris’ ice cream to celebrate new VPSan Francisco parlour releases ‘Kamala Harris’ ice cream to celebrate new VP
January 23, 2021 at 09:09 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:54
UAE: McGregor and Poirier hold final weigh-in ahead of UFC 257 boutUAE: McGregor and Poirier hold final weigh-in ahead of UFC 257 bout
January 23, 2021 at 02:02 GMT +00:00
03:50
Spain: Madrid's pandemic hospital continues to receive patients amid rising COVID-19 cases Spain: Madrid's pandemic hospital continues to receive patients amid rising COVID-19 cases
January 22, 2021 at 20:27 GMT +00:00
01:24
Spain: Storm Hortense wreaks havoc in MadridSpain: Storm Hortense wreaks havoc in Madrid
January 22, 2021 at 20:42 GMT +00:00
03:37
USA: Protesters rally outside Russian embassy in DC to demand Navalny's releaseUSA: Protesters rally outside Russian embassy in DC to demand Navalny's release
January 23, 2021 at 22:52 GMT +00:00
View all videos