In November 2020, the world lost a great football: Diego Armando Maradona. The sudden death of the iconic Argentine footballer has moved sports fans around the world and left many questioning.
Now, Spotify’s brand new original podcast series Maradona’s last day Serves as an investigation into what happened in the last days of Maradona’s life. The six-episode series, debuting today, provides a deep and honest perspective on how Maradona died, where interviews with people closest to him were never heard before in the days leading up to his death.
What’s more, the series has been turned into six simultaneous adaptations for fans around the world — the first time Spotify is ready to produce such a number. Each edition has its own host who dives deep into the investigation led by Adon Media with Spotify Studio, to tell the story of Diego Maradona in their own language. Argentine journalist Matias Martin Maradona hosts shows for audiences in his home country; Former Argentine footballer George Goodbye A story revolves around Spain and Latin America; Brazilian journalist The game Kafuri Gives a Portuguese spin; Actor Salvatore Esposito Joins to talk to fans in Italy; And finally, French professional football coaches and former players Thierry Henry Adopts French and English versions for France and UK
For the record There was an opportunity to talk about Maradona with Thierry Henry, who played a special role as Thierry’s personal hero.
“I grew up watching him play,” Thierry shared. “She is from Argentina and I am French, but everyone on the field respected her. The first World Cup that I really, really, really saw was in ’86 in Mexico. In that one, he was just incredible. You can’t lose what someone gives you at a young age. To me, he was the greatest. ”
Read our interview with Thierry about podcasts and hosting the late Maradona.
Maradona’s last day An investigation into the death of the Argentine football star. Do you remember where you were about a year ago, when you heard the news?
I was in Montreal when it happened. Remember, I started getting some writing. Although you know that sometimes something happens to Maradona, the first time I heard it, I was like “no”. Maybe went to the hospital. But it happened before. But this is not true. . . He is not dead. ”
And then obviously you get two messages, you get four or five and then you see it on BBC News. And then you see, then you realize, obviously it’s real this time; He’s not coming back. And he’s gone.
How did you respond when you were invited to host this podcast investigation?
To be associated with it – wow. And this is a great opportunity for me to do something new, first and foremost. And when I found out it was an investigation, it made me want to do it even more. I am the narrator, but I did not hear what was coming later. I haven’t even heard of it yet. I wanted to live it, like everyone else. I wanted to fully discover it for the first time.
This is the first Spotify original podcast that has been adapted into six simultaneous shows, mostly with a different host, all in different languages, made for fans in markets around the world. How does it speak to Maradona’s legacy?
That Maradona. It’s right there. You know, people want to know about him even after his death and what happened and it will be like that forever. We won’t be here and people will still talk about Maradona. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. It’s not so much about it, you know, how great he was on the field. It’s about people who can relate to him. And I think that’s one of the most important things. And that’s why people want to know what happened. Some will tell you that he was close to God. Some people would tell you that he was God, you know? Wow. For some people, it’s real. The emotion he gave me, as I said, I was not a fan of Argentina. But if you love football, you must be a fan of Maradona.
For those who are new to football or Maradona, what is one thing you want fans to know about the late star?
Apparently, this is Maradona’s last days, so people will immediately think, “Oh, wow, what a life” sort of thing, because he had problems, as we all know. But who doesn’t have a problem? Apparently with that, it was done most and was on paper for everyone to see. However, his relationship with the fans is not behind anyone. A lot of people are remembered because they want things, because they were animals, because they were, you know, “I’m never afraid” kind of guys. But the most important thing for me is that people can relate to him. Whether you have money or not, you can have a relationship with Maradona.
There is a story of a homeless man who went to his funeral. And someone asked, “Why are you here?” And he said, “Maradona was the only one I had.” I can’t say more than that.
What are you most excited for fans from this podcast?
The truth. And for those who are not at peace with what has happened, they can at least get an idea of what happened or what is happening. You have the original date, the original text message. You can stop if you want. And it’s not just sad things and sad moments. You know, you also have a moment when you are reunited with his family.
People sometimes see athletes as boys who are untouchable, or who have no problems, who have no feelings. I just want to remind everyone that everyone is human. So I want to say this because sometimes people approve of it. They see a guy performing and they think, “Oh my, oh my God, what a rock. The guy is never afraid. “Yeah, that. But when he has to perform like everyone else, he plays. What you see is a guy who has to come and perform and compete, but don’t forget that the guy is different. A man like anyone.
Get to know the late football star. Listen Maradona’s last day Starting today, only on Spotify.