Maradona died: 5 documentaries to admire the god of football
The charismatic Argentine footballer died in Argentina this Wednesday at the age of 60.
Maradona died at the age of 60.
For many, he’s the best footballer ever, a unique figure who is controversial off the field and who shines with the ball at his feet. This Wednesday, November 25th, the Argentine press delivered the news that stopped the world: At the age of 60, Diego Armando Maradona died in his home, victim of cardiovascular arrest.
Maradona was much more than a soccer player. He was the leader of Argentina who was crowned world champion at home in 1986. He left his mark at FC Barcelona and made Naples the champions of Italy almost alone.
He also has the feat of having scored perhaps the two most emblematic goals in world football in the same game, in the semi-finals against England in 1986. The illegal goal, which would go down in history as the “hand of God”, and an individual game in which practically the entire opposing team took off and only ended with the ball in the goal.
Over the years, Maradona has always embraced his excesses. Parties, drugs, and controversy shaped his career and life after he hung his boots. He never shied away from supporting politicians or pointing the finger at FIFA and its structure. In Argentina, a legion of fans even founded a Maradonist church with loyal supporters of the football player. The country will devote three days to mourning.
NiT suggests five documentaries that you introduce to a footballer who will never forget.
“Diego Maradona” (2019)
An HBO production under the direction of award-winning director Asif Kapadia shows us in “Diego Maradona” an impressive collection of images that the player has never seen, accompanied by testimonies from those who lived closely with him. The documentary shows us Maradona Ass and Maradona from the field, inimitable, with an emphasis on the 1980s when he ruled football, but also the historic moment for Naples, “when the poorest city in Italy bought the most expensive player in the world”. And in the stands of the Naples stadium a passion was born that is still remembered today.
The famous goal of the “hand of God”.
Maradonapoli, a work by the Italian Alessio Maria Federici, focuses almost exclusively on Naples, the Italian city and the Italian club where the Argentine was welcomed. With testimonials from fans still touched by the player’s memories, the documentary commemorates the death of Maradona, which made him the midfielder of the Italian champions.
“Loving Maradona” (2005)
The only Argentine entry on this list, “Amando a Maradona” counts with the participation of Maradona himself. It’s also a special look at the Argentine soccer fans who have their bodies tattooed on the body for later pictures of the ace and cannot avoid it To let out tears to talk about the player. The film explores the passion for those who went from the poor streets of Buenos Aires to the top of the sports world.
“Maradona By Kusturica” (2008)
It is the most personal work of these four, the result of the work of the Serbian director and musician Emir Kusturica, author of “Gato Preto, Gato Branco”. The political side of the player is clearly shown in “Maradona by Kusturica” without forgetting, of course, the passions around the footballer. Kusturica accompanies Maradona and we see the ex-footballer talking to characters like Hugo Chavez on stage. We still see Manu Chao dedicate a song to the Argentine star.
Maradona in Mexico (2019)
This Netflix series follows Maradona more recently when he moved to Culiacan, home of the Sinaloa Cartel, to rescue the local team. In seven episodes, the documentary series “Maradona in Mexico” records the adventure of Diego, who is responsible for Dorados. There are ups and downs following the little revolution that Maradona introduced in the club. Most importantly, there’s that look at the presence of someone who, when it comes to football, anyone can listen to. And enjoy.