Maradona Gets Into The Groove The Musical Legacy of La Mano de Dios

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There has been much debate over who the greatest player the world has seen is, and usually after much discussion it comes down to a straight fight between Pele and Maradona.

To find a definitive or utterly compelling argument in favour of either is a difficult task – most people have their mind made up already – but if the deciding factor was the number of songs written about a player then Diego Maradona would win hands-down. I mean by a country mile, total no-contest. The guys got hundreds of songs dedicated to his great name and sung in adoration of him, and that’s just from Napoli’s fans.

Music is clearly a big part of Maradona’s life. Our photograph is of a young Diego digging through some vinyl and listening to some of his favourite tunes back in 1980. He has also sung many times on TV and over the years has been seen gracing dance-floors the world over.

But never has a figure from the world of sport evoked such a response from the world of music.

Some of the biggest Maradona inspired hits include: Maradó by Argentine suburban rock band Los Piojos, a favourite of Napoli fans is Maradona è meglio ‘e Pelé by Enzo Romano which translates as  ‘Maradona is better than Pele’, ‘O reggae e’ Maradona was a big hit for Neapolitan reggae band Jovine in 2007, and an all-time classic Neapolitan anthem is O Surdato ‘Nnamurato made famous by Massimo Ranieri which Napoli fans have tweaked in homage to their idol.

Unquestionably the most famous song about Maradona was by cuarteto music legend Rodrigo Bueno and is called La Mano de Dios. For the linguistically challenged among you that translates as ‘The Hand of God’ but don’t let that title put you off this song, it’s regarded as a dance classic in Argentina and it tells the story of Diego’s rise to greatness. Bueno tragically died in a car accident in 2000, but he lives on through this song and occasionally Maradona will even perform it himself (as he does in the link below) in thanks to Bueno.

Maradona – La Mano de Dios (The Hand of God)

In a slum I was born, it was gods will
That I grow up and survive
This humble example to face adversity
Eager to succeed in life. With each step I took

On the playground I forged an immortal left hand.
With experience A buringing ambition to make it
As a young buck, I dreamed of the world cup
And rising to the top in Primera
Perhaps by playing I could help my family

From the very outset
The Doce cheered
My dream contained a star
Full of goals and dodges
And all the people sang
The Hand of God was born
Sowed joy in the people
Brought glory to this land

Bearing a cross on my shoulders for being the best
For not selling out I confronted the powerful
Curious weakness if Jesus stumbled
Why shouldnt I too
Fame introduced me to a white woman
Of mysterious taste and forbidden pleasure
Who addicted me to the desire to use her again
Taking my whole life
And this is a match that someday
I am going to win

From the very outset
The Doce cheered
My dream contained a star
Full of goals and dodges
And all the people sang
The Hand of God was born
Sowed joy in the people
Brought glory to this land

 

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