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.

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