Ham­sik eyes Maradona’s record as Napoli visit Roma

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MI­LAN: Napoli cap­tain Marek Ham­sik will have a chance to equal Diego Maradona’s scor­ing record for the club and put Slo­vakia’s painful World Cup elim­i­na­tion be­hind him when they visit AS Roma in Serie A on Satur­day.

Napoli lead Serie A with a max­i­mum 21 points, and have blasted 25 goals in the process, after win­ning their first seven games but Satur­day’s match at the Sta­dio Olimpico will be by far their sternest test so far.

Apart from the im­pres­sive 4-1 win at Lazio, Napoli have only faced teams who would nor­mally ex­pect to fin­ish in the mid­dle or lower half of the ta­ble — Verona, Ata­lanta, Bologna, Ben­evento, SPAL and Cagliari.

Roma them­selves have won five of their six league matches, in­clud­ing an im­pres­sive 2-0 win at AC Mi­lan in their last out­ing, mak­ing the fix­ture the high­light of a week­end which also fea­tures the first Mi­lan derby of the sea­son.

Ham­sik is now in his 11th sea­son at Napoli, who have man­aged two sec­ond and two third-place fin­ishes in the last five sea­sons and are widely re­garded as play­ing the most en­ter­tain­ing foot­ball in Serie A.

The 30-year-old Slo­vak mid­fielder has scored 114 com­pet­i­tive goals dur­ing that time — one short of Maradona’s to­tal dur­ing his seven-year spell be­tween 1984 and 1991 which saw Napoli win their only two ti­tles. Ham­sik was left bit­terly dis­ap­pointed at Slo­vakia’s World Cup elim­i­na­tion on Tues­day.

— Reuters

Slo­vakia’s Marek Ham­sik in ac­tion.

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