Italian tattoo ace inks likeness of Maradona onto leg of ‘finest captain on the planet’ at legend’s ex-club (VIDEO) — RT Sport Information
A skin artist from Tuscany created an eye-catching tattoo of the late Argentine legend Diego Maradona on the leg of one of his greatest admirers and successors at Napoli – club captain and Italian striker Lorenzo Insigne.
The Naples-born insignia was broken in Maradona’s death of heart failure last month. He cited the moving tributes paid by the Serie A giants when he held up a shirt with the club icon’s name and number before the game against rival Roma.
Insigne celebrated Maradona after taking a 4-0 win with a free kick. The 29-year-old has now gone one step further by commissioning a resemblance to the face of the World Cup winner on his leg.
Ink wizard Valentino Russo filmed himself putting the finishing touches to the tattoo and calling Insigne “the best captain in the world”.
Russo is a specialist in restoring athletes on the bodies of fans. His previous tattoos include UFC star Conor McGregor and Roma legend Francesco Totti.
Insigne met his childhood hero several times and described him as a “true Neapolitan” when he wrote about him on his Instagram account after his death.
“You gave everything for your people, you defended this land, you loved it.” You gave us joy, smiles, trophies, love.
“I grew up hearing my family’s stories of your exploits, seeing and reviewing your endless games. You were the greatest player in history, you were our Diego.
“I was lucky enough to meet you, talk to you, know you and I don’t deny that my legs were shaking.
“You always had beautiful words for me: comforting words that I will never forget and that I will keep within myself forever.”
Maradona spent most of his career in his beloved Napoli, winning five trophies between 1984 and 1991, including two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup.
Insigne has 22 goals less than 115, making Maradona the third highest scorer of all time.
With its current average rate of around one goal every four games, Insigne could overshadow that record in a couple of seasons at the stadium, which has now been renamed Maradona.
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