Diego Maradona dreams of Napoli, feels for Mario Balotelli, continues feud with Pele

Despite a glaring lack of coaching experience compared to Rafael Benitez, Maradona, who helped Napoli to their only two league titles in 1987 and 1990, says he would happily succeed the Spaniard at the club.

updated: October 18, 2013 10:38 IST
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Milan: Argentine football legend Diego Maradona said he would like to succeed Napoli coach Rafael Benitez while calling on Italy to leave embattled AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli in peace to get on with his job.

Benitez and Balotelli were not the only subjects on the 1986 World Cup winner's radar Thursday, a day ahead of receiving a special award from top sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Maradona said he would soon be celebrating being drug-free for 10 years but reignited his old rivalry with fellow football legend Pele of Brazil.

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