Maradona Agent tracked down Enzo Ferrari
Diego Maradona, as many superstar footballers are, was a big fan of cars. During his life, he owned many of the top models in motorsport, but there was one he particularly adored.
The story behind Maradona’s acquisition of a Ferrari F40 is fascinating and it involves his former agent Guillermo Coppola and former Napoli president Corrado Ferlaino.
While playing for Napoli in 1986, Maradona drove a black Ferrari Testarossa, but he was after a Ferrari F40 in the weeks leading up to the World Cup in Mexico.
The car was valued at 500,000 dollars at the time and there were limited editions for the amount of people that wanted to buy one. What’s more, Maradona wanted his painted black, like his Testarossa, which made it even harder to get hold of.
Ahead of the World Cup, Coppola scouted around to see if he could track down a black F40, even knocking at the door of Enzo Ferrari himself.
Because he was asking on behalf of Maradona, Coppola managed to find an F40 complete with black bodywork and forked out the money to buy it.
The agent arranged for the F40 to be at the airport when Maradona touched down from Mexico having led Argentina to World Cup glory. Napoli president Ferlaino also went to greet his marquee player and was left astonished by the F40.
Coppola, then, recommended that, to boost his relationship with world famous Maradona, Ferlaino should finance the purchase of the sports car. The president agreed, although the agent managed to get him to pay twice the value of the car… almost one million dollars.
Upon arrival, Maradona was delighted with the car, which was until he realised it didn’t have a cassette player or upholstery on the inside of the doors.
The Napoli star rejected the gift from his president until Coppola installed the cassette player and got upholstery fitted into the doors, which he did.