Maradona, the football icon: Five days with the Beeb

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You have to love Maradona. He is living life like he played football. Recently, Gary Lineker caught up with Maradona and spent a fascinating 5 days with the legend. Maradona is the anchor of his own show, La Noche del 10, which has become the most watched show on Argentinian TV, with interviews of Pele, Fidel Castro, Robbie Williams, and many other personalities.
An excerpt
Gary goes to the Argentina changing room before the game to meet Maradona. It will be the first time they have come face-to-face since a Centenary game at Wembley in 1987 and, unsurprisingly, Gary is apprehensive.
But there is no awkwardness at all – they hug straight away and Maradona says, “Nice to meet you old friend.”
When they shake hands, Gary jokes, “was that the hand?” referring to Maradona’s infamous “hand of God” goal in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final between England and Argentina.
Maradona immediately replies, “no – it was the left”.

The five days with the Beeb

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