In an unusual comment, Antonio Cabrini said that Maradona would still be alive if he played for Juventus instead of Napoli.
Football's world was deeply saddened to hear the news of losing one of the greatest football players in history on Wednesday. Diego Armando Maradona died of a heart attack in Buenos Aires at the age of 60. After this incident, football fans paid tribute to Maradona, but one of these opinions differed from the others. In an unusual comment, Antonio Cabrini said that Maradona would still be alive if he played for Juventus instead of Napoli. Antonio Cabrini played in the 1982 and 1986 World Cup finals against Maradona.
"A living legend and a gentleman opponent," Cabrini told Irpinia TV. "Who, like many other champions, was able to give the best and the worst at the same time.
"Maradona on the pitch could have won a match alone and in another environment, he could have won the match of his life which ended too soon.
"He would still be here with us if he came to Juve because the environment would have saved him, not the club but the environment itself.
"The love of Naples was as strong and authentic as it was ill. Naples loved him madly, but it was a 'sick love'. It was like a mother's unconditional love for a son who makes a mistake, but to whom everything is forgiven.
"Maradona transcended football and Naples chose him, regardless of any vice, as a saint to venerate."
Napoli decided to change the name of the San Paolo stadium in honor of Maradona. The club has won the Scudetto only twice, both times with Maradona.
The former Juventus defender now regrets his comments and says he did not intend to insult Napoli and Naples's people.
You misinterpreted my words, it was not a moral judgment but a comment on the energy of a city that couldn't contain this passion
," he wrote on Twitter.
"I thought that the quieter environment in which I lived at Juve would perhaps have protected him. I apologise to anyone who felt offended."