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The opening clip of the Diego Maradona documentary which will air on Channel 4 tonight proves that it's essential viewing.
Maradona is regarded as one of the players to ever play the game and director Asif Kapadia's documentary captures his maverick personality perfectly.
Aptly titled 'Diego Maradona', the film is set to make it's debut on UK television at 9pm and trust us when we tell you you're in for a wild ride.
The first clip shows how much of a big deal the Argentinian legend signing for Serie A side Napoli was and you can hear the deafening roar from the crowd at the Stadio San Paolo:
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."
.@asifkapadia's Maradona film is on @Channel4 at 9pm. It's amazing - whether you're into football or not.- Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) March 21, 2020
As much about the city of Naples, the power of hope, the corrosive nature of fame, the poison of organised crime, the hold of addiction & the curse of heroism as Maradona. pic.twitter.com/WmigVe6yfL
Excellent advice from Dr. (of filmmaking) @asifkapadia here. @MaradonaMovie is utterly captivating, a work of art, and will scratch that football itch for 2hr 10min (thank you IMDB) tonight. Wearing of retro shirt optional, but encouraged.... https://t.co/aTVjAvd9Cx- Set Piece Menu (@setpiecemenu) March 21, 2020
Is there a more compelling character in sport than Diego Maradona? Whether it be his genius on the pitch or the madness off the pitch, or sometimes a mix of the two, the Argentina legend is bonafide box office stuff.
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