A movie biopic based on the rise and fall of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona is set to be released in cinemas throughout Italy on Friday. Is Maradona one of the best footballers of all-time? Yes. Was Maradona’s handball in the 1986 World Cup one of the most incredible plays in history. Yes. So it makes sense for them to make a movie about him and the play.
Directed by Marco Risi, Maradona La Mano di Dio, or The Hand of God, the phrase the Argentine used to explain how he scored a controversial goal against England with his hand in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals, takes in different phases of the player’s life including his drug problems.
Risi said that he wanted to show the humanity of a player regarded as one of the all-time greats, but who has battled drugs and ill health. Certainly Maradona is one of it not the greatest soccer player to ever play the game if you look at what he did to enable Argentina to win the World Cup in 1986. Maradona, la mono de Dios.
The Hand of God goal was scored by Diego Maradona in the quarter-final match of the 1986 FIFA World Cup between England and Argentina, played on 22 June 1986 in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca.