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El Diego: The Autobiography of the World's Greatest Footballer Hardcover – 7 Oct 2004
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With so much to draw upon, ‘El Diego’ should be the one of the best football biographies of all time, but it is not. The passion is there, you get a real sense of why Maradona’s life has been so eventful; his passions lie on the surface and he is unable to contain them. The sections where he rants about the injustices of the faceless corporations or meddling directors are great. The sections about football also contain this passion, but here he also lists player, after player, after player. I am not a fan of football biogs that are all - I loved playing with Razza, Dazza and Gazza. The more interesting sections are when he highlights individuals and give his full unedited opinion.
Perhaps the biggest let down and most obvious omission in the book is his struggle with drugs. He does mention them, the bans etc. but unlike any other player his connection with drugs has been a major part of his career. He sidesteps the issue most of the time and never admits much wrong doing, instead blaming others or genuine mistakes. Connecting Maradona’s hard early life with his compulsion to embrace life, drugs and all, is very interesting – it is just a shame that the reader has to make this connection, rather than El Diego talking about it himself. An interesting autobiography that is worth a reading, but does feel like Maradona is trying to hide a hollow centre by wrapping it in a gaudy and passionate facade.
It's an entertaining read and I've no doubt that these negative points of the mans character are what have driven him to be possibly the best footballer the world has ever seen. I wouldn't want to spend a single second in his company though.
He did win the World Cup and was probably the greatest footballer ever but he could have been so much better. He is honest and patriotic and never shies away from controversy.
Despite being English myself and a Maradona hater thanks to Mexico 86 after putting the book down I actually started to like the guy, great read for all footie fans.
Some of you may say "what did you expect? Ernest Hemingway stuff?" and the answer to that is no; but I was expecting Maradona to shed some light to his most darkest days as a drug addict for example, not in a gossipy way, to see what the man Maradona was like... As far as Maradona is concerned he is a God, he thinks he's the poor people's representative and he has the right to say whatever he wants, whenever he wants and to whoever he wants. Somebody may argue that that is a good ingredient for a good, maybe controversial, autobiography but it's not. It becomes increasingly irritating.
I got this book the very first day it was on the shelves and I won't be giving it back but I won't bereccommending it to people either cause it doesn't provide you with a "backstage" pass to the life of one of the most gifted footballers the world has ever seen... Now, that's I was expecting from an autobiography
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