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on 5 May 2001
Burns writes in his own unique style a fantastic and memorable account of the life and crimes of the greatest footballer to ever links. He manages to interview members of Maradona's inner sactom and describes the effect on everybody on all of Maradona's actions
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on 29 October 1998
While Burns provides a lot of insight into the life and times of Maradona, including all of his wizardry on the pitch and miscalculations off, the book ultimately dissolves into psuedo-sociological/anthropological and popular-psychological babble about Maradona's heritage, family, and community. The best of this account is Burns' descriptions of Maradona's specific spectacularties (e.g. his Boca goal against River which is regarded as the best in Argentina and his second goal against England which is regarded as the best in the World Cup) and the astounding nature of the details of his excesses off the pitch. The worst of this account is Burns' pseudo-scholarly explanation for Maradona's failings and misgivings. All in all, an interesting read.
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on 21 January 2002
This was a great book written by Jimmy Burns. It reveals Maradona off the pitch as well as on. If you love Maradona as a footballer maybe you should not read this book. Due to his actions off the field you may look down on him. The book brings you threw his up bringings in a small town, the national team, world cup 86, and life in European Club soccer. I recommend this book for any football fan. I only recomend this book for Diego Armando Maradona fans who will still love him for his skill and magic on the field after they are done with the book.
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on 16 July 2008
Burns comes across as a very bitter and envious man, and who I am guessing was not picked for the school football team.

This is just not a football book at all, it's a pretty crude literary attempt to reduce arguably the most gifted footballer in history to a pathetic figure. Yes he had a troubled life in a troubled country. But honestly, who really cares about the money, the scandal, the drugs, the women? Yes, if Maradona was my Dad, brother or son, I'd have had a stern word with him about his lifestyle. However, he wasn't. Instead he was just a gifted man, on a pitch, with a football. Not a saint, just the best football player in the World.

Burns needs to be reminded, football is a sport. Maradona was an athlete, the best at doing what he did on the entire planet. For heaven's sake, just get over it, accept it and move on? Nothing else about him matters!

Rant over ....
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on 6 June 2001
If you are going to buy one book on sport make it this one. This is a fantastic book on the life of arguably the greatest footballer the world has ever seen. Burns has written a captivating story which follows Maradona's career and you can see for yourself how the money, drugs, drink, phoney friends and women lead to the star's downfall. The only crticism I would have is that Burns did not manage to accumulate more stories from people close to Maradona, however, that would have been quite hard as no-one wants to speak out about the guy in case of recriminations. It's a pulsating read and you just wont put the book down.
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on 16 November 2001
Every story has two sides. This book only tells one.
Maradona was insulted by this book and after reading it it's easy to see why. The book just focuses on negatives, many of which are alleged and not actually proven.
It makes the reader forget why they bought it in the first place - because they know that the world will never again see a footballing genius like Maradona again. Never.
And all the mud slinging in the world will not change that.
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