Ghanaian football legend Tony Yeboah has remarkably revealed that he was offered the chance to replace Maradona when the Argentine left Napoli in 1991.
Yeboah, was a member of the Black Stars for over ten years, and represented Ghana at three Africa Cup of Nations during the 1990s scoring 29 goals in 59 appearances for Ghana.
Yeboah joined German top flight side Eintracht Frankfurt as a 24 year old where he quickly became a fans favourite, with the “Zeugen Yeboahs” (Yeboah’s Witnesses) formed in his honour.
In an interview with the BBC, the 51 year old revealed he was approached by Italian giants Napoli in the summer of 1991 to replace Diego Maradona who had left to join Sevilla.
The move however did not materialize as Yeboah’s club at the time, Eintracht Frankfurt, were unwilling to let the forward go as he was just a year into his contract.
Yeboah believes he could have been the best player in the world at a point, had he played for one of Europe’s top sides.
“I was always receiving offers from the big clubs. I had an offer from Napoli after Maradona left. They were looking for a replacement but my club didn’t accept that offer.
”Maybe if I had played in one of the best clubs I would’ve challenged for the FIFA Player of the Year award,” he said.
Yeboah spent 5 years with Eintracht Frankfurt before leaving to join English side Leeds United where he scored 32 goals in his 66 appearances for the club.