Maradona Shared an inspiring story
Many stories about Diego Maradona have been told since the Argentine legend’s death, with Luca Quarto the latest to tell a fascinating anecdote.
During Maradona’s time at Napoli, Quarto was a young boy with a serious maxillofacial issue.
He required surgery and Maradona raised funds by playing in a charity game that Napoli and FIFA didn’t permit him to.
Without the permission of the authorities, the game had to be played on a mud pitch and the players had to warm up in the car park.
Maradona’s charity match in the mud
“Diego was great to me and great for my life,” Quarto told Ole in a recent interview, remembering that match and the operation.
“I’ve had a different life thanks to him. We needed 20 million liras and Diego brought 15 million.
“Every now and then I watch that charity match back and I always feel a new emotion.
“It’s a really beautiful thing and I feel fortunate that I got to meet Diego.
“He gave me life. He was like a second father.”