Subscriber padawanbeck84 Posted November 25, 2020 Subscriber Share Posted November 25, 2020 Rest in peace Mr Maradona. That was certainly a shock to hear while I was having dinner. I know a lot of English football fans will label him a cheat over the whole "Hand of God" thing, but there's no denying he was one of the most talented players the game has ever seen. There's a very good documentary about him, directed by Asif Kapadia, which delves into his life: the poverty that he grew up with and the fact he struggled to cope with the fame and pressures that came with being a footballer. Back in the 80s, attitudes weren't as progressive as they are now about mental health etc, and I think that if he'd had more support, he might have avoided the drugs and getting mixed up with the mafia that happened at Napoli. I think it's easy for us fans to forget that we (and the media) put a lot of pressure on players to do well - and that that pressure can be difficult to cope with. He had to carry the rest of Argentina on his back, which is no easy feat - just ask Leo Messi how he copes with being expected to do the same for the last 10-15 years. Sadly, I'm too young to have watched him at his best. I mostly just remember the 1994 World Cup. That manic goal celebration (which turned out to be drug-fuelled) and him getting sent home for failing the drugs test. 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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