The duality of the footballer was arguably best captured by 2019 documentary Diego Maradona.
Directed by Asif Kapadia, the two-hour exploration of Maradona’s evolution from unfulfilled talent to the greatest player of his generation is thrilling, thought-provoking and riveted with insightful quotes from the late, great number 10.
Following news of his death, Kapdia tweeted: “Cant quite believe DM [Diego Maradona] has gone. Hard to process. He always seemed indestructible. I had 10 hours with the man!! I touched his left foot. We did our best to show the world the man, the myth, the fighter he was. The greatest”.
As the world of football mourns the departure of one of its great icons, UK viewers can now watch Kapadia’s study of the World Cup winning captain for free.
Where can I watch 2019 documentary Diego Maradona?
UK-based viewers can watch Asif Kapadia’s documentary via Channel 4’s streaming platform All4.
Alternatively, football fans can buy a copy of the documentary at Amazon.
What part of his career does the film follow?
The film begins with a car chase of sorts, following a convoy of squealing vehicles racing through the streets of Naples to the unveiling of Diego Maradona as a Napoli player at the Stadio San Paolo.
From there it charts the characters career at the Italian club, which coincided with Argentina’s 1986 World Cup win.
The documentary also focuses on the Porteno’s personal life, exploring connections to Naples’ criminal underworld as well as a scandal regarding an illegitimate son.
Throughout the film, Kapadia separates the figures of ‘Diego’ and ‘Maradona’, Diego being the affable, childlike, family-oriented figure loved by close ones, Maradona being the legendary figure, deified by the people of Naples and Argentina, incapable of saying no to life’s pleasures.
How has Napoli reacted to Diego Maradona’s death?
The lights of the Stadio San Paolo lit up the Naples skyline on Wednesday night as a city grieved the death of the player who delivered silverware to the city.
Plans are already afoot to rename the stadium Stadio Diego Armando Maradona following his death.
In a Twitter post the club wrote: “The world awaits our words but there are no words to describe the pain we're going through. Now is the time to grieve.”
Club chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis paid tribute to Napoli legend, writing: “Many have said you represent the synthesis of genius and unruliness. An artist of the beautiful game, your unique brushstrokes are to be remembered in the pantheon of the greatest exponents. Like a restless work of Caravaggio, whose indomitable and unruly nature is forgiven for its immense greatness.”