‘What Killed Maradona?’ A life of glory that came with pain

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Wed, 2021-01-20 11:55

CHENNAI: It can be lonely at the top, full of stress and pushed
by the demand to reach ever-greater heights. 

Diego Armando Maradona is the subject of a new documentary about
one such superstar, a game-changing football player from Argentina.
He grew up in Villa Fiorito, an impoverished little town on the
outskirts of Buenos Aires. But the gift of a football from his
uncle drove him to a lifelong passion that emerged from the alleys
of his childhood. 

The documentary — “What Killed Maradona?†— now
streaming on Discovery +, pieces together his extraordinary life in
just under 45 minutes, with interesting observations from those who
knew him best. Maradona’s personal trainer Fernando Signorini, his
agent Jon Smith and his former Napoli teammate and captain Giuseppe
Bruscolotti all feature, as well as a panel of sports
journalists.

While the makers do touch on Maradona’s career highlights, the
focus is squarely on his personal life, including his eventful
journey from the streets, where he would play football with his
friends for hours, to starry heights. To begin with, his
poverty-stricken childhood prevented a strong and healthy
upbringing, and it took many years of medical intervention to build
his physique. And when he finally approached the promised land of
sporting glory, his dreams became almost unreal. He kept pushing
himself, egged on by his ever-demanding fans and familial
responsibilities.

According to interviews with those closest to him, Maradona was
addicted to substances that seriously harmed his health and a good
30 minutes or so of the documentary is dedicated to discussing the
legend’s addictions during his career, with his post-retirement
relapse and health issues rushed through toward the end.

We see how opponents on the field kicked and shoved him, causing
innumerable injuries, some of which were excruciatingly painful –
this all led to an unhealthy dependence on a cocktail of
painkillers.

Even the medical fraternity seems to have done disservice to
him. “I suspect he was given cortisone systemically through the
vein, where the cortisone is not just affecting the joint, it’s
having its effects all over the body, and this can be terrible for
things like the heart,†said Sanjay Sharma, a professor of sports
cardiology. 

He was only 60 when died on Nov. 25, 2020 due to heart failure
and the documentary explores the many tragedies that led to his
untimely passing. Although the footage can get repetitive toward
the end, it is eye-opening enough to keep you hooked.

His death came too soon, preventing him from enjoying the fruits
of his unimaginable success. He was the best, but fame gave him
agonizing pain and this documentary is a sobering look at the
reality of a much-loved superstar.

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‘What Killed Maradona?’ A life of glory that came with
pain