Adding never-seen-before footage sourced by the footballer’s archive, Kapadia mostly concentrates on the rise-and-fall profession arc between 1984 and 1992, when Maradona had been at the glare of the global spotlight.
Throughout the two-hour movie, the camera rarely strays from the topic. We’re made privy, albeit only temporarily, to Maradona’s impoverished childhood in a favela and his contentious and of God’s goal at the 1986 quarter-final World Cup experience against Britain (broadly considered emblematic revenge for his nation’s defeat four years before from the Falklands War). Additionally, it looks in his steadfast refusal to admit that the kid born out of wedlock.
Filled with his previous misdeeds and apparently at peace with himself, the last scenes using an overweight, well-past-his-prime Maradona is extremely poignant.
The legendary sportsman aptly encapsulated his feelings for the gorgeous game’ when he contended,”When you are on the pitch, life moves off. Issues go away. Everything goes off”. Touché!