ROSE (JEAN CHRISTOPHE)
ARTE FRANCE, 13 PRODUCTIONS
German, English, French
NON-THEATRICAL, TV, VOD, DVD, INTERNET
Born on October 30, 1960 in the poor slums in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Diego Maradona grew up with soccer, a sport which proved to be tailor made for him.
Maradona is a star. His life has been interspersed with childhood poverty, the bright lights of stadiums and podiums, dubious involvements with the sports mafia, drugs and politics, a tumultuous love life, subsequent attempts to merchandise Maradona, and plenty of money.
Nicknamed "El pibe de oro" (the golden boy), Maradona started his career in Argentina and, along with the national youth team, won the World Champion title in 1979. Then the young prodigy played in Spain for two seasons, before joining Naples in 1984, where he became an idol. At the same time, he led Argentina to triumph in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. It was during this World Cup that he scored one of the most beautiful goals in the history of football.
After failing a dope test in 1991 he was banned from the football fields. On October 30, 1997, at the age of 37, he retired from football. However, the slightest doings on his part still make world headlines.
This film recalls the beauty of Maradona's style and is a celebration of the man named Player of the Century by the FIFA.