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New Maradona film tracks highs and lows, intimate family moments

A new documentary about soccer great Diego Maradona shines a light on intimate moments with his family and teammates through previously unseen footage that capture the giddy highs and also the lows of his rollercoaster career.

Argentinian footballing legend Diego Maradona

The former Argentina team captain (58) missed the glitzy premiere of “Diego Maradona” in Cannes on Sunday due to a shoulder injury, the film’s publicists said, and has yet to see it screened, though he was interviewed as part of it.

“We are dealing with archive from way back, there will be lots of images that he himself hasn’t seen of himself, of his family, of his kids,” director Asif Kapadia told Reuters in an interview on Monday.

“So I think it’s going to be quite emotional for him.”

Kapadia, who has also made documentaries about late racing driver Ayrton Senna and singer Amy Winehouse, added that he was hoping to show it to the star soon.

Maradona, who has been frequently hospitalized over the years, often on account of the extravagant lifestyle and years of drug addiction he is also known for, works today as a coach for Mexican second division club Dorados.

“Sadly he’s injured, he’s not well and he’s been carrying this injury all the way through because he’s been coaching,” Kapadia said.

The film, which drew a warm response from critics after its screening during the Cannes Film Festival, homes in on some of the most intense moments of Maradona’s rise to superstardom, when he played for Italy’s Napoli in the 1980s and won the World Cup in 1986 with his home team, Argentina. –