Maradona: The Movie

My newest column at ESPN the Magazine is up: A new documentary about Diego Maradona debuted at the Cannes film festival last week, depicting the legendary Argentinian soccer player as a rebellious political icon. “If he hadn’t been a footballer,” the director Emir Kusturica narrates, “he would have been a revolutionary.”

Maradona does have some conspicuous items on his “revolutionary” resume: he sports tattoos of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara; he campaigns for Hugo Chavez; and he calls President Bush a “piece of human garbage.” The movie also finds radical content in Maradona’s play, portraying his 1986 “Hand of God” goal as a revolutionary symbol—a kind of middle finger to Western imperialism. Read the rest at ESPN.

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