DIEGO MARADONA, NAPOLI, 1987 - WELL OFFSIDE PHOTOGRAPHY
Napoli have just won the league for the first time ever, rather than us bang on about it, here are Mark Leech’s memories of taking that shot.
“Napoli went 1–0 up, but Roberto Baggio equalised soon after so everything became very tense. Not that Maradona showed it. I never saw him telling less skillful people off; he never seemed to be giving them stick or criticising anyone. There was just something about him that seemed to elevate all the other players. He was very hard for a photographer to follow. No matter how much you think you know about football, how many games you’ve watched, you couldn’t predict him. He got some rough treatment, but that was standard back then. He got a right good kicking, but he was always waiting for it, and he could go either side of someone in a split second.
“Even though Napoli couldn't find a winner, results elsewhere meant that they had won the league so, at the final whistle, it was a case of making sure I captured the celebrations and didn’t lose all my camera gear in the process. In the bedlam at full time, Maradona didn’t say ‘I’m out of here’ and go to the dressing room. He had to run to the fans, and it was like he ran to them to thank them, not to lap it up. He was perfect for Naples, perfect for Napoli: the city and the football club.”
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This photograph comes courtesy of the incredible Well Offside archive.