A bit of cheating and a lot of genius.” That’s how a commentator in this film summarises the Argentinian football megastar Diego Maradona after his triumphant performance in the 1986 World Cup, and it seems fair. The film gives you a chance to gauge how the cheating was a minor ingredient of the genius, not an adjacent flaw. Director Asif Kapadia (‘Senna’, ‘Amy’) follows the boy genius’ early years in a shantytown in Buenos Aires, his contract for Argentinos Juniors at the age of 15, when he moved his entire family into the apartment he had been given and became the breadwinner. We see his calamitous career at Barcelona in the early 80s – and then the move to Naples, where his staggering successes made him a hero and a living saint, and a fellow-traveller for the local mob.
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