Never underestimate the impact of Diego Maradona on the city of Naples.

Italian film director Paolo Sorrentino, delivered a wonderfully poignant and succinct speech when he collected the Oscar for his film, Great Beauty.

He said: “Thank you to my inspiration, Federico Fellini … Martin Scorsese, Diego Armando Maradona… and thank you to Roma, Napoli … and this is for my parents.”

There can’t be many footballers who have been name-checked at the Oscars. No doubt, Maradona will see this as further proof that he, and not his great rival Pele, is the greatest player the game has ever seen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inajdvg20CM