The five-minute opening montage of “Diego Maradona” recounts a dizzying history of the Argentine soccer player’s dramatic rise, and the story is just getting started.
As Spanish club Barcelona’s breakout talent in the early 1980s, Maradona was seen as a natural successor to Pelé’s stature as the greatest soccer player in history, with ethos to boot.
“I’m more interested in glory than money,” Maradona says in one passing interview, as the prologue careens through his exuberant hard-partying lifestyle, local backlash, and a recovery from injury — until at long last he’s sold to less glamorous Italian club Napoli in 1984.
It’s a dramatic shift, but only a starting point for this breathless and gripping saga of a soccer legend’s fall from grace.
“Diego Maradona” will air on HBO later this year.
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