Diego Maradona’s younger brother Hugo, 52, dies of a heart attack 13 months after cardiac arrest killed the Argentinian soccer legend
- Hugo Maradona, younger brother of soccer legend Diego, has died aged 52
- He suffered a heart attack in Naples, Italy, the place his brother performed at his peak
- His loss of life comes simply 13 months after Diego Maradona additionally died of a heart attack
- He leaves behind spouse Paola Morra, whom he married in 2016, and three youngsters
By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline
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Hugo Maradona, the younger brother of Argentine soccer legend Diego, has died of a heart attack on the age of 52.
Hugo suffered the deadly attack at his residence in Naples, town the place Diego performed on the peak of his career and the place Hugo performed as a junior, round 11.50am Tuesday.
The membership mentioned Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis and the crew ‘come collectively round Maradona’s household and unite with them within the ache of Hugo’s loss of life’.
It comes simply 13 months after a cardiac arrest killed Diego – Argentina’s world cup hero and one of the best ever to play the sport – who died in Argentina in November 2020 on the age of 60.
Hugo was seen on the Maradona stadium in Naples to participate in a ceremony in reminiscence of his late brother and footballing legend just one month in the past.
He leaves behind a spouse, Paola Morra whom he married in 2016, and three youngsters.
Hugo Maradona, younger brother of Argentine soccer legend Diego, has died on the age of 53 (pictured in May this year)
Hugo (proper) was additionally a footballer like sibling Diego (left) and even signed for Napoli, the crew the place Diego performed on the peak of his career, aged 18 – however by no means hit the big-time
The youngest of the Maradona brothers – the others being Diego and Raul – Hugo was additionally a eager footballer and signed as a junior for Napoli aged 18 in 1987.
But not like his brother, who performed out his finest years on the membership and is revered within the metropolis as one thing of a holy determine, Hugo was shortly loaned out to Ascoli.
On September 20, 1987, the 2 brothers performed in opposition to one another with Diego’s Napoli popping out on prime 2-1.
Hugo went on to play in minor leagues in Spain, Austria and Venezuela earlier than ending his taking part in career in Japan within the late Nineteen Nineties.
After that he turned to teaching, and was concerned in a quantity of youth academies.
Argentina’s younger star Diego Maradona (L) waves to the gang after an Argentinos Juniors match, Buenos Aires, 1979, with younger brother Hugo pictured alongside him
He settled in Naples the place he was one thing of a public determine, main a memorial service for his brother at the Maradona Stadium simply final month.
Hugo had additionally lately thought-about a run for public office as councillor for centre-right mayoral candidate Catello Maresca, however withdrew from the lists earlier than the left in the end received.
Josi Della Ragione, mayor of the municipality of Bacoli the place Hugo lived, paid tribute to him following his loss of life.
‘Bacoli clings to the ache of the Maradona household, for the loss of life of expensive Hugo. I hug his spouse, Paola,’ he mentioned.
‘I had the glory and the pleasure of celebrating his marriage ceremony. It was an thrilling and completely happy day. I’ll bear in mind Hugo’s simplicity. He was at all times among the many folks.’
‘He was at all times among the many folks, and he had grow to be a son of the Phlegraean group. May he relaxation in peace.’
Hugo Maradona of Fukuoka Blux in motion throughout the seventy fifth Emperor’s Cup second spherical at Suizenji Stadium on December 10, 1995 in Kumamoto, Japan