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Diego Maradona transformed Napoli.
A significant reason why Diego Maradona is one of the true legends of world football lies in his time at Napoli. There, he took a club who had two Coppa Italias and a Serie B title to their name and, at least for a short while, transformed them into one of the best club sides in Europe.
During his stay Maradona would lead the Naples club to victory in two Scudetti, the UEFA Cup and the Coppa Italia. Others like Antonio Careca and Bruno Giordano played their part, but the Argentine forward was the catalyst for this heady period of success.
Maradona was handsomely compensated for his efforts, so to claim his sole intention was to lead Napoli to success would be wide of the mark. However, his achievement there ranks highly among the greats for the sheer scale of it. This was an era when Serie A boasted the world's best talent and several great teams.
Bale is not Maradona, but he is a player of such singular talent he might well prove capable of leading Spurs to comparative success.
To achieve so highly with Spurs would mean so much more than doing so with an established power like Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. The consistent achievements of such clubs are to be respected, but it is expected of them.
Spurs have not won a league title since 1961, and only three major trophies since their last sustained period of success in the 1980s. For Bale to play a prominent part in transforming the North Londoners in a way akin to how Maradona did Napoli would be nothing short of sensational. It is something not many players can claim to have done.