In 1990, Napoli last won the Serie A title with the help of Diego Maradona, who also helped secure their first title three years earlier.
On Sunday, Victor Osimhen scored a 52nd-minute equalizer after Sandi Lovric had given Udinese a surprise lead, and Napoli held on to the draw to clinch their third Serie A title with five games remaining.
Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti expressed his delight, saying that seeing the joy of the Neapolitans was enough to make him happy. He added that this moment of happiness would serve as a source of inspiration for them during difficult times.
Napoli’s Rise from Bankruptcy to Serie A Champions: A New Era of Superstars
Napoli’s stadium may be named after Argentina legend Diego Maradona, but the club’s recent success is thanks to a new generation of superstars. After winning their previous two titles in 1987 and 1990, the club fell into financial turmoil and even played in Serie C in 2006. However, they have since bounced back and won the Coppa Italia three times in the last 11 seasons.
The Scudetto, however, was the title that the Napoli faithful craved, and they have finally achieved it. Led by 64-year-old manager Luciano Spalletti, who twice won the Coppa Italia with Roma, the team features exciting talent such as Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen and Georgia winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who have scored a combined 33 goals this season.
Napoli had the chance to lift the title with six games to spare, but a draw against local rivals Salernitana delayed their celebrations. Nevertheless, they sealed their third Serie A title with five games to spare, holding a comfortable 16-point lead over second-placed Lazio. For Napoli fans, it marks the end of three decades of hurt and the beginning of a new era of success.