I've long been a fan of Diego Maradona. I was taken by his character, his genius, honesty, passion, humour and vulnerability. I was fascinated by his journey, wherever he went there were moments of incredible brilliance and drama. He was a leader, taking his teams to the very top, but also many lows in his career. He was always the little guy fighting against the system, against the wealthy, the powerful and he was willing to do anything, to use all of his cunning and intelligence to win.
★★★★★ “an extraordinarily intimate and resonant portrait” - The Telegraph
★★★★ “flashy study of football’s flawed genius” - The Guardian
★★★★ “Fascinating tale” - The Times
“A Gripping Saga of Soccer Legend’s Fall From Grace” - IndieWire
On 5th July 1984, DIEGO MARADONA arrived in Naples for a world-record fee. For seven years all hell broke loose. The world’s most celebrated football icon and the most passionate but dangerous city in Europe were a perfect match for each other.
On the pitch, he was a genius. Off the pitch, he was treated like a God. The charismatic Argentine loved a fight against the odds and led Napoli to their first-ever title. It was the stuff of dreams.
But there was a price… DIEGO could do as he pleased while performing miracles on the pitch but, as time passed, darker days closed in.
Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from his own personal archive, DIEGO MARADONA is a wild and unforgettable story of God-given talent, glory, despair and betrayal, of corruption and ultimately redemption.
From the Academy Award and BAFTA-winning team behind AMY and SENNA
RELEASE: 14th June 2019
DIRECTOR: Asif Kapadia
PRODUCERS: James Gay-Rees, Paul Martin
STARS: Diego Maradona