Diego Maradona was considered the best player in the world from the moment
he burst onto the scene in his native Argentina. And yet success proved
elusive. He failed at Barcelona. He was considered a problem player, too
interested in partying.
Meanwhile, having never won a major tournament, the ailing Italian football
giant SSC Napoli were perennial underachievers. Their fanatical support was
unequalled in both passion and size. But how they ached for success…
On 5th July 1984, Diego Maradona arrived in Naples for a world-record fee
and for seven years all hell broke loose. The world’s most celebrated
football genius and the most passionate but dangerous city in Europe were a
perfect match for each other.
Diego Maradona was blessed on the field and treated like a God off it; the
charismatic Argentine loved a fight against the odds and led Naples to
their first-ever League title. It was the stuff of dreams. But there was a
Diego could do as he pleased while performing miracles on the pitch, but as
time passed, darker days closed in. Italy turned on him.
The third film from the Academy Award-winning & multi-BAFTA-winning
team behind SENNA and AMY (director Asif Kapadia, producer James Gay-Rees,
editor Chris King, composer Antonio Pinto), and also Paul Martin, DIEGO
MARADONA was constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage
from Maradona’s personal archive.
Asif Kapadia doesn’t bring much to the table that we didn’t already know
about Maradona nevertheless he still manages to create a fascinating
documentary on the life of one of the world’s greatest ever football
Told in not only the words of those nearest and dearest to him but also by
From his rise to superstardom at Napoli to his eventual fall from grace in
the eyes of the teams loyal supporters, Diego Maradona is a must see even if you're only half interested in football.