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Hamsik gifts record-equalling Napoli shirt to Maradona

10:25 AM EDT 4/5/18
Marek Hamsik Napoli
The Argentine icon has been overtaken as the club's leading goalscorer by a Slovakian star who has spent 11 years starring for the Serie A side

Marek Hamsik has gifted the shirt he was wearing when he matched Diego Maradona's all-time Napoli goalscoring record to the retired superstar.

Slovakia international Hamsik drew level with the iconic Maradona's total of 115 goals for Napoli with his strike in a 3-1 win over Torino on December 16.

The Argentine remains the greatest player in the Partenopei's history, twice leading them to the Scudetto and securing their first and only continental title with the 1988-89 UEFA Cup.

Napoli captain Hamsik has since moved onto 119 for the club, but he paid tribute to the former record-holder on social media.

In a video posted on Twitter, Hamsik said: "Hi Diego. I'm here with this special shirt, it's the one in which I matched you as Napoli's top scorer.

"It's a great honour to be alongside a champion like you.

"When I scored that goal against Torino, I thought of you right away and I want to give this little gift to you with the dedication: 'Diego, the best ever, with respect and affection.'

"I hope you like it, a big hug and 'Forza Napoli' forever!"

Hamsik is currently in his 11th season with Napoli, with his record goal return having been achieved in 490 appearances.

Maradona found the target 115 times for the club in just 259 outings, although he did operate in a more attacking role than a current midfield star.