The Maradona Opus is the result of an official collaboration with the now departed footballing genius, Diego Armando Maradona. Charting the journey from his humble beginnings playing street football in the shanty town of Villa Fiorito, to his crowning glory of captaining Argentina to World Cup success in Mexico ’86, and beyond. Maradona’s career is celebrated through a collection of wonderfully evocative photographs reproduced on an unprecedented scale.
Weighing-in with a combined weight of 15kg, the Opus is presented in a luxury, handmade, cloth-covered magnetic presentation case, adorned with an iconic image of Maradona lifting the World Cup trophy aloft in 1986. It comes complete with a pair of white gloves to protect the Opus whilst viewing.
The size of the Opus has to be seen to be truly appreciated, with each of the 250 pages measuring a gargantuan 46cm x 60cm. Here, the Opus is pictured alongside a regulation size 5 football to demonstrate its actual scale.
Signed Limited Edition
The Maradona Opus is limited to 1010 copies and each one contains a special signature sheet individually hand-signed by Maradona and mounted onto the inside cover of the Opus.
The Opus features a collection of unique and exclusive portraits of Maradona that have never been published before.
Foreword by Pelé
From one legendary footballer to another, the Opus features a personally-written foreword by Edson Arantes do Nascimento – otherwise known as the great Pelé.
Printed on high quality silk paper, the Opus features over 250 specially-selected photographic images. With many filling an entire page, and some even bigger, each supersized photograph feels like a poster in its own right.
Selected images span across dual pages, resulting in certain photographs being reproduced at almost a metre-wide.
The Opus features rare and unseen photography including those from his formative years as a footballer.
Award-winning chief sports writer for The Times, Matt Dickinson, contributes an exclusive interview piece crafted from several sit-downs with Maradona over the years, and specially-commissioned essays lay the foundation for each chapter. A multitude of quotes from Maradona himself, and a selection of teammates, opponents and admirers – including the likes of Jose Mourinho, Gary Lineker and Lionel Messi – add an extra level of insight.
Luxury Photographic Print
The Opus also comes with a beautiful 12” x 16” photographic print, presented on a heavy-duty archival paper stock with a satin finish. There is a choice of four photographs and each print is numbered by hand to match the edition number of the related Opus.