The former footballer Hugo Maradona, Diego Armando Maradona’s younger brother, has died after suffering a heart attack at his residence in Monte di Procida, in the province of Naples, where the Argentine star continues to be a popular idol, local media reported today.
The youngest of the Maradonas, 52, died this morning at his home, where the emergency services of Pozzuoli arrived quickly, although they could only confirm his death. According to sources, Hugo Maradona planned to undergo cardiac tests shortly.
The death of Hugo, who lived in Italy for a long time, occurs just over a year after the death of Diego, on November 25, 2020, whose disappearance shocked the world of football and in particular the Neapolitan fans, who idolized the Argentine player.
The youngest of the Maradonas, who started playing at a very young age, like his brothers Diego and Lalo, did not have a long career in Italy. Although he signed very young for AC Napoli, he could not keep up with the team’s ambitions, was then loaned to another team of the highest category, the Italian Serie A, Ascoli, failed to stand out.
Formed by the Argentinos Junior, Hugo played in numerous teams from different countries, such as the Austrian Rapid Vienna, the Spanish Rayo Vallecano, the Venezuelan Deportivo Italia and the Avispa Fukuoka, among other Japanese clubs.
He also played in Uruguay and Canada, before dedicating himself to the lower categories in Naples, Italy.
Just a few months ago, Maradona’s younger brother had announced his intention to candidate in the municipal elections of Naples (south) as head of the list “Napoli Central” of Enzo Rivellini, which was part of the right-wing coalition led by Catello Maresca and failed to obtain the mayoralty of the Parthenopean capital.
Maradona, who was known as the “Turkito“ did not have Italian nationality, although he resided in the country regularly after having been married there years ago.
Last November, Napoli remembered his older brother, Diego Maradona, his great soccer star, on the occasion of the first anniversary of his death, dedicating murals and portraits to the Argentine player, such as a sculpture of the soccer player in front of the stadium of the Neapolitan club of which he became a symbol and which now bears his name.