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Reina Wants Higuain To Emulate Maradona

Pepe Reina hopes his club-mate, Gonzalo Higuain, will be the next Argentine footballer to take the city of Naples by storm.

It is impossible not to notice how legendary number 10 Diego Maradona is revered in the Southern Italian city, after his heroics there at the height of his career in the 1980s.

Maradona almost singlehandedly made Napoli the Italian champions for the only times in their history, and Reina experiences the little Argentinian's influence in Naples on a daily basis.

Higuain joined the Partenopei from Real Madrid at the beginning of the season and Reina, who has reunited with his old Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez on loan at the club, wants the striker to emulate his iconic countryman.

"You can breathe football here, it's almost like a religion," Reina told Marca of the football vibe in Naples.

"The god is obviously Marad6ona and will be for many years.

“In any restaurant in Naples you can see souvenirs of him, from shirts to photos.

“I hope the same can happen with Higuain. He's the idol of the moment."

Napoli are currently second on the Serie A table, having failed to keep up with Roma’s 100% record, despite their own highly impressive start.

But Reina is clear where his ambition lies this season: to win the league title for Italy’s most passionate fans.

"The idea this year is to win the Scudetto," he said.

"Juventus are the reigning champions of Italy and are used to playing in the Champions League, while Roma are doing very well and don't have any other cups.

"I don't know what might happen in the city if we win the title. The people are very similar to those in the south of Spain. There's certainly no lack of enthusiasm and passion. Playing in the San Paolo is extraordinary."

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