Diego Maradona’s brother Hugo has died in Naples at the age of 52.© AFP
Diego Maradona’s younger brother Hugo has died in Naples at the age of 52, just a year after the Argentine football legend passed away, Italian football club Napoli confirmed on Tuesday. “Hugo Maradona has passed away,” Napoli said in a brief statement on their website, confirming reports in the Italian press that the former footballer had suffered a heart attack. The club said Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis and the team “come together around Maradona’s family and unite with them in the pain of Hugo’s death”.
Hugo Maradona, a former Argentine youth international, played in Italy, Austria, Spain, Argentina and Japan, before returning to Italy to settle there permanently and had a brief coaching career with amateur clubs in Naples.
Maradona, who had three children, was recently on a right-wing list in municipal elections, which the left eventually won.
Hugo Maradona was signed by Napoli – he joined Diego – in 1987 before being loaned out to Ascoli.
On September 20 of the same year, the two brothers played against each other, with Diego’s Napoli finishing 2-1.
Diego Maradona, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, passed away in November 2020 at the age of 60.
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