Diego Maradona Examines Soccer’s Most Celebrated and Polarizing Figure

HBO has acquired the 2019 Cannes Film Festival selection Diego Maradona. Executive produced and directed by Asif Kapadia (the Oscar-winning Amy) and drawing on more than 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from the Argentine icon’s personal archives, the feature-length documentary charts the trials and triumphs of the legendary footballer.

Diego Maradona spotlights the life of the legendary footballer, who enthralled onlookers across the globe, inspired a generation of Neapolitans and incited controversy. In addition to Maradona’s video archives and personal photos, Kapadia utilizes decades-old news footage and interviews with historians and journalists for this definitive documentary portrait.

"Having spent three intense years working with my brilliant team of collaborators on the most complex charismatic character, Diego Maradona, I’m excited to see how the North American audience reacts," says Kapadia.

Diego Maradona arrived in Naples on July 5, 1984, for a world-record fee. The world’s most celebrated football icon, and the most passionate, but dangerous, city in Europe were a perfect match for each other. For seven years, all hell broke loose. On the pitch, Maradona was a genius. Off the pitch, he was treated like a god. The charismatic Argentine loved a fight against the odds and led Napoli to its first league title.

But there was a price. Maradona could do as he pleased while performing miracles on the field, but as time passed, darker days closed in. This is the wild and unforgettable story of an unrivaled talent. He was a rebel, cheat, hero and god. Diego Maradona is a tale of glory, despair and betrayal, of corruption and, ultimately, of redemption.

Diego Maradona is an HBO Sports presentation in association with On The Corner and Lorton Entertainment. HBO Sports Executive VIce President Peter Nelson and Bill Simmons serve as executive producers.