Melodrama, mistresses, machismo, Maradona and Messi

Sport: Angels With Dirty Faces, By Jonathan Wilson, Orion Books, €13.50

30th October, 2016
Diego Maradona in action at Italia 90: a ‘barrel-chested cosmic phenomenon’ Pic: Getty

In July 2010, my wife and I holidayed in Buenos Aires, just as the World Cup in South Africa was reaching a climax. We ’d wanted to go there for a while anyway, but our timing was deliberate. If Argentina did well and reached the last four, we surmised, we would have ringside seats as the entire country went insane.

While unpacking in our San Telmo hotel, we turned on the TV. Over in Cape...

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