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Things that make legendary footballer Maradona an Indian favourite

As an ode to the famed footballer Diego Armando Maradona’s 61st birth anniversary, Prime Video released an awe-inspiring biopic on the streaming service on October 29, 2021. The biopic series, spanning 10 episodes follows the triumphs and challenges of the legendary football player Diego Armando Maradona, from his humble beginnings in Argentina, to his game changing career through Barcelona and Napoli, and his role in taking his national team to win the World Cup in Mexico in ’86.   Following the success of the biopic which has become an absolute sensation for all football fans, here are some moments and  lesser known facts about the legendary footballer which makes him an absolute India favourite and brings the Argentinian a notch closer to the hearts and homes of the Indian fans.


Maradona experiences the city of joy:  Kolkata, the only city in India which holds a very special place for football in a land where cricket has been a nation favourite sport, was thrilled to have hosted the global sensation Maradona in their city. In 2008, Maradona received a grand reception in Kolkata, which he famously called “the second biggest reception after Napoli”.  The footballer during his trip to Kolkata, also made a quick visit to Mohun Bagan ground where he showed his skills by juggling the ball with his much-talked left foot. The ace footballer made a second appearance to the city in 2017, where he was invited to play a charity match with Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly. During this trip, Maradona gushed about his love for the city and how grateful he was for the fantastic and enthusiastic fans.


Maradona captures the hearts of millions of fans in small town India: During his visits to Kolkata in 2008 and 2017, the global football superstar had multiple exchanges and interactions with the locals in West Bengal. Some of the key highlights from his trip includes, lighting a candle  along with nuns of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity order in Kolkata on December 7, 2008, rendezvous with veteran Indian Communist leader Jyoti Basu (2-R) at Basu’s residence in Kolkata on December 7, 2008. Argentine footballer Diego Maradona (L) played the ball with local football fans and students during a football workshop with school students in Barasat on December 12, 2017.


Maradona’s visit to God’s own country leaves thousands of fans enchanted: It was the close to a decade back in late 2012, when the Argentinian footballer made his appearance in Kerala’s Kannur district was a one of kind experience for all the football fans, who had crowded the stadium hours before to catch a glimpse of the star footballer. Maradona also celebrated his birthday in the stadium with all fans and showered his love and appreciation.


Maradona to continue the heritage and football legacy, Goan style: Exactly a year ago, after the sad demise of the most loved and adored football player Maradona, the Government in Goa decided to pay homage to the footballer by proposing to install a life-size statue of the World Cup-winning footballer Diego Maradona. This life size installation will also continue to inspire thousands of fans of Goa and encourage football culture in the state.


The series released in India on Prime Video with dubs in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, and English, making it the first international title to release in multiple Indian languages.

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