Modest Maradona museum pays tribute to patron saint of Naples
Just as saints have their altars so Maradona has his museum in Napoli, an extraordinary treasure trove of artefacts that includes the left boot with which the Argentine scored twice against Belgium in the semi-finals of the 1986 World Cup.
For some, Diego Maradona is the greatest footballer of the 20th century, for others (mainly the English) he is the cheating possessor of the 'Hand of God.'
In Italy, however, he is and always will be the patron saint of Naples.
And just as saints have their altars so Maradona has his museum, an extraordinary treasure trove of artefacts that includes the left boot with which the Argentine scored twice against Belgium in the semi-finals of the 1986 World Cup.
You can also find his first contract with Napoli and even the sofa from his Naples apartment where singer Julio Iglesias once sat. It's all here in the cellar museum.
It was a golden age which Napoli have never come close to repeating, so it is no surprise to find a museum that commemorates such a rich epoch.
Massimo Vignati's museum, though, is one of a kind.
It does not appear on any map of Naples, nor is it in travel guides, and entry is free. And yet, this basement of a typical building in Secondigliano, a tough neighbourhood in the north of the city, breathes all things Diego.
It is a delightful melange of Maradona mania with photos, pennants, balls, armbands and shirts, some washed or signed, others not.
Some items equate almost to holy relics – the bench on which Maradona changed at the San Paolo stadium and the K-Way jacket which features in the memorable footage of him ball-juggling to the sound of Opus' "Live is Life" during an incredible warm-up before facing Bayern Munich in 1989.
"We were with Diego from Monday to Sunday," says Vignati, looking at the photos of a time when the Argentine's apartment on the heights of Posillipo, an upscale district of the city, was like his second home.
"He and his wife gave us all these things because they knew we were a lot of children, five boys and six girls.
"I was a ballboy during Maradona's seven seasons. On Mondays, I went to play five-a-side, I did not go to school.