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The Debate

In a league of his own: The genius and controversy of Diego Maradona, football's golden child

By: François PICARD Follow | Charles WENTE | Juliette LAURAIN
44 min

What becomes a legend most? Flawed geniuses abound in the annals of history but how many drew the same kind of devotion as Argentine footballer Diego Armando Maradona? What made the short-in-size but larger-than-life soccer wizard a one-of-a-kind icon? As Argentina and the football-loving world grieve their pibe de oro, we ask about the ups and downs of a star whose career coincided with the rise of cable TV, the consecration of a sport gone global and the rollercoaster fortunes of a South American nation, which often mirrored those of its golden child. 


What is Diego Maradona's place in the pantheon of sporting greats? What is the legacy of a man who conquered the sporting world and burned the candle at both ends along the way?

Produced by Charles Wente, Juliette Laurain and Imen Mellaz.

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