Diego Maradona (2019)

  • Documentary, Sport
  • 2h 10m

Having never won a major tournament, ailing football giant SSC Napoli had criminally underachieved. Their fanatical support was unequalled in both passion and size. None was more feared. 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 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 almost a prisoner of the city.

The third film from the Academy Award and BAFTA-winning team behind Senna and Amy, this film is constructed in the same style from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from Maradona’s personal archive. It is a high-end and definitive feature documentary made with the full support of Maradona.

In a city where the devil would have needed bodyguards, Maradona became bigger than God himself. This is the wild and unforgettable story of God-given talent, glory, despair and betrayal, of corruption, and ultimately redemption.

“Asif Kapadia compels you to care, whether you like football or not.” Telegraph

“captures all the euphoria and catastrophe in a gripping documentary about the ‘hand of God’ megastar” The Guardian

“a tale of rags and riches, saints and sinners, crime and football, injury and victory, all played out against the backdrop of the city that comes to embody his divided spirit.” Mark Kermode


Asif Kapadia






United Kingdom

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