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Diego Maradona

He once scored with 'the hand of God', football genius Diego Maradona. After his active career, things went down the drain. Portrait of a complicated man.

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Diego Maradona

All the world saw it, except for the referee: Diego Maradona scoring with a punch against archenemy England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals in Mexico. After also scoring the superb 2-0, the tournament was over for England, while Argentina eventually became World Champion. It was the "Hand of God," Maradona later said. In a way he was right, as many saw him as a (football) god – in Argentina, but certainly also in Naples, Italy. The local club Napoli had never won any important prize until Maradona showed up in 1984. He led the team to two national championships as well as several more trophies. After retiring from playing, he experienced highs, but even more lows, resulting from his struggles with obesity, alcohol and drugs.

Director Asif Kapadia, who previously made biopics of Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna and singer Amy Winehouse, portrays the eventful life of Maradona using lots of archival footage. Maradona cooperated fully with the filmmakers.

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