Diego Maradona movie is on Channel 4 at 9pm and it's essential viewing

  • Rob Swan

Diego Maradona is probably the most colourful character in the history of football.

The Argentine is unquestionably one of the greatest footballers of all time - many rate him as *the* greatest - after inspiring his country to World Cup glory in 1986, along with his remarkable achievements at club level with Napoli.

Maradona inspired the unfashionable and unfancied Napoli to Serie A glory during the 1986-87 and 1989-90 seasons. He also lifted the Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup with the Italian side.

However, controversy followed Maradona throughout his illustrious career - most of which he brought on himself.

He scored the most infamous goal in football history - the ‘Hand of God’ goal against England at the ’86 World Cup - became addicted to drink and drugs, and was eventually banned from football for 15 months in 1994 after failing a drugs test.

Maradona’s life has been just as controversial since retirement. He almost died in 2004 after suffering a serious heart attack, as his weight ballooned out of control.

Fortunately, he survived, and he even managed to turn his life around - going on to manage the Argentina national team between 2008-2010.


But wherever Maradona goes, controversy is never far behind. Even at the age of 59, he creates headlines for all sorts of weird and wonderful reasons.

To find out more about Maradona’s remarkable story, tune in to Channel 4 at 9pm on Saturday evening.

You’ll be able to watch the outstanding documentary ‘Diego Maradona’, which was directed by Asif Kapadia and deservedly received hugely positive reviews from film critics.

The synopsis of the film reads: "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 dysfunctional city in Europe were a perfect match for each other. Maradona was blessed on the field but cursed off it; the charismatic Argentine, quickly led Naples to their first-ever title. It was the stuff of dreams. But there was a price... Diego could do as he pleased whilst performing miracles on the pitch, but when the magic faded he became a prisoner of the city.

"The third film from the Academy Award and BAFTA-winning team behind Senna and Amy, the film is constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from Maradona's personal archive with the full support of the man himself."

Watch a clip of it here…

With no football currently on due to the coronavirus pandemic, this is essential viewing for every lover of the beautiful game.

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