Sunday December 17 2017
Hamsik: 'Maradona was unique'

Marek Hamsik celebrates matching Diego Armando Maradona’s Napoli goal-scoring record, but “that’s the only thing we have in common.”

The Slovakia international was on target in yesterday’s 3-1 victory away to Torino, taking his tally up to 115 goals in 477 competitive appearances for the club.

This matched the all-time record set by Maradona from 1984 to 1992.

“I knew it was going to happen eventually and I felt no pressure,” assured Hamsik on his personal website.

“I knew that I’d have to give my all and that would lead me to reach Maradona’s record. It’s nice that I did. I am also very happy, because 115 goals for a midfielder is a good sum.

“However, the only thing I have in common with Maradona is the number of goals for Napoli. Maradona was a unique player, exceptional, a legend of Neapolitan and world football.

“I am very happy, because as well as my goal, it was important we win and get back to first place in the table. We are where we want to be. We must continue like this, as it’s a long season.”

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