Soccer player Diego Maradona was more than just a soccer player and author and Professor Pablo Brescia makes an argument on this with his latest book Diego Maradona: A Socio-Cultural Study.
Brescia joined The Roman Show to talk about his book. He also will be at the 2023 Miami Book Fair where he speak about the book, which will also be for sale. The Miami Book Fair starts November 12.
For Brescia, it was his intention to have the book to star in last year’s Qatar World Cup.
“The hope was to finish the book and give to him in Qatar, where Argentina won. But he passed away in 2020,” he said.
He later added, “We needed to push, and we brought many collaborators that’s why the book is international. We have people from Italy and Spain to give their take on impacts on his career and beyond. You can always argue who was the best player comparing different eras, but he was the first international soccer star with global appeal, and he became myth in two countries in Argentina and Italy specifically in Naples.
Maradona was Argentina’s soccer star paving the way for likes of Messi and many others.
However, although he had tons of success, winning a World Cup and several championships for his respective clubs.
Although the success was an accomplishment, he had a personal battle with drugs. We offer the reader all these different takes not just sports take we want to treat as a cultural icon.
Brescia said readers will get different sides of Maradona’s story.
“Many publications on Maradona but we are balanced we discuss his problems with drugs. He was banned from international competition. He recognized his addiction early on. The reader will understand where he came from,” he said.
Hear the completed interview on this week’s episode of The Roman Show.