Draw (2018) - full transcript

[anticipatory music]

The greatest players in football

are defined by their triumphs

signature styles

and the footprint
they leave behind

once they depart
the beloved game.

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They are the superstars

who have left
a unique mark on the game

an impact so profound

it is woven into
the very foundation

of the sport today.

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[reflective music]

They are the players responsible

for the evolution of the game.

They are the visionary icons
who push themselves

and the sport to new heights.

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From the streets
of Latin America

glorious talents such as Neymar

Chicharito, James and
the phenomenal Lionel Messi

have emerged.

They are
the successors to legends

who have long since
hung up their cleats.

Heirs that will seek to emulate

and surpass
the players before them.

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The athletes that
paved the roads to glory

with their dazzling skills

and mesmerizing
control of the ball.

Names like Pele

Hugo Sanchez

El Pibe Valderrama

and Diego Armando Maradona.

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In the next hour
we will compare and celebrate

these generational talents

see why they are
considered one of

if not the best,
to ever step on the pitch.

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This is, DRAW.

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When the world mentions football

all eyes turn to Brazil.

A nation with a unique fusion

of various cultures.

Brazilians didn't
invent the sport

but they were able
to make it their own.

They adopted its foundations

and now it's become
part of their DNA.

Two of the sport's
greatest players were born here

Edson Arantes Do Nascimento.

'Pele' is considered to be

the most important
player to have ever lived.

And Neymar stands as Brazil's
most exciting prodigy today.

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Both began, like many in Brazil

by playing on dirt,
or rugged concrete surfaces.

And as fate would have it

the pavement in the favelas

nor the indoor wooden pitches

could contain the grandiosity

of these two
rare-breed individuals.

They overcame
every single adversity

that crossed their path

on the road
to becoming national heroes.

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Pele was born in 1940

just south of Minas Gerais.

And Neymar was born in 1992

east of Sao Paulo.

Both stars born decades apart

began their journey
in Santos Football Club.

Even though the playing
field looked very different

on the dates of their arrival

the sentiment in the air

and passion for
the game remained unchanged.

Pele joined Santos in 1956

after being scouted
by former player

Waldemar de Brito.

Conversely, Neymar
was discovered during his time

practicing with the Portuguesa
Santista Futsal Academy.

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The 1940s and 1950s were years
of political tension in Brazil.

The nation was
finally able to rid itself

of a military dictatorship

that had deprived its people

of their freedoms
for many years.

The country's
economy began to boom

and the economic growth
seemed to spread everywhere

throughout the country,
except the favelas.

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Sao Paulo.

Estadio Urbano Caldeira

popularly known as Villa Belmiro

was where
these two remarkable players

began developing
their skills and their swagger.

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After a brief spell
in the Youth League

Pele joined Santos'
first team at the age of 15.

Pele's talent was undeniable.

His skills were so impressive

that at the mere age of 17

he was chosen
to form part of the team

that would represent Brazil in
the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

But it was not
an entirely smooth experience.

Upon his arrival
with the national team

Pele was labeled as young

naive and inexperienced,
by the team psychologist.

However, Vicente Feola

coach of
the Scratch du Oro at the time

completely disregarded
the psychologist's diagnosis

and allowed the Brazilian star
to travel with the team.

Pele witnessed
Brazil's first game

of the tournament
from the bench.

His debut came later

during a match
against the Soviet Union.

Pele scored his first
World Cup goal against Wales.

That match did more
than Pele could fathom.

It instantly let the world know

that he was a force
to be reckoned with.

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Brazil's team reached
the tournament's final

where they faced
the hosts, Sweden.

This encounter
confirmed everything

that had been
predicted about Pele.

He scored two goals
that ultimately led Brazil

to their first
World Cup in history.

At 17 years old

Edson Arantes do Nascimento

an international celebrity.

At the same age

Neymar Junior debuted
in Brazil's First Division.

He was included in
Santos' first team in 2009.

Ney scored more than
40 goals in 60 games

and with his cheeky approach

he became a vital factor
in Santos' Campeonata Paulista

and the Copa do Brasil's
victorious campaigns.

Despite his
incredible accomplishments

Neymar was not
included in the 23-man roster

that would represent Brazil

during the World Cup
in South Africa.

Like Pele, Ney was labeled
as 'inexperienced' by Dunga

the national team's coach.

Dunga was later fired

for the team's poor
results during the tournament.

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Months later,
with no obstacles in the way

Neymar had the opportunity

to make his first appearance
with the national team.

This took place
during a friendly match

versus the United States.

In 2010, Neymar's
exceptional achievements

earned him an invite
to the annual FIFA Gala

There, he received
the Puskas award

for scoring
the best goal of the year

and was also recognized as

the best South American
player of the year.

In 1962, at only 21 years of age

Pele was already considered

the best football
player on the planet.

He was indispensable for Brazil

and a fundamental part
of Santos' mid-field.

He made history with both teams

creating unforgettable moments

that would live on
in the sport forever.



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To this day,
Pele has been the only player

to have won the World Cup
on three occasions

and with Santos, he was able
to break the predominance

that the Argentine teams had
over the Brazilian squads.

They were able to defeat Boca

and lift their second
Copa Libertadores

in the mythical Bombonera

something that has
never been replicated.

Pele played most of
his career in his home country

but the same
cannot be said for Neymar

whose chapter in Brazil
was cut short by modern times.

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The tempting offer
to play for Barcelona

one of the world's
most dominant teams

led the Brazilian sensation

to depart Santos

and sign a lavish contract
with the Catalan club in 2013.

But Ney's
new-found glory in Europe

did not side-track his

with the national team.

He put his talent on display

the rest of the Selecao

at the Confederations Cup

the 2014 World Cup,
and the Rio Olympics.

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Pele also experienced
a short international stint.

He packed his bags
and traveled north of Brazil

to the United States

where he joined
the New York Cosmos.

In 1977

after two years with the Cosmos

the King played
his last professional match.

The game was
between his beloved Santos

and his current
home, the Cosmos.

The match was
the perfect farewell

for this iconic player.

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Today, Neymar is considered

one of the best
players in the world

and carrying
such a coveted title

has opened many doors
for the young athlete.

In 2017, he departed
from Barcelona's Camp Nou

and joined Paris Saint-Germaine

who offered
the star-boy a contract

that broke
several transfer records.

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For years,
Brazil has been represented

by world-class talent.

It has become
impossible not to compare

new generations to
the nation's permanent hero


With so many eyes upon him

Will Neymar Junior
live up to the King?

It is difficult
to draw a conclusion

based on leadership
and achievements at this time

as Ney is still very young.

And although they are
both extraordinary players

they have each taken on

two very different
roles on the pitch.

Pele played most of his career

as a withdrawn forward

or a center-attacking mid.

Neymar excels when he's
coming in from the left wing

but has also taken on
roles as a second striker

and as center forward
for Brazil.

He is extremely efficient

at destabilizing
the opponents' defense

making him extremely dangerous

just like his predecessor.

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Neymar currently
holds more than 50 goals

in a little more
than 80 appearances

with the national team

which places him very close
to matching Pele's record

of 72 goals in 92 matches.

On a larger scale,
it is unlikely for Neymar

to break Pele's grand record

of 1,000 goals by the age of 29.

Ney currently holds slightly
over a quarter of that number

at the age of 26.

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Ney and the King can be compared

on various characteristics

such as their vision, agility

ability to outwit defenders

and the ginga they brewed up

while playing as kids
on the streets of Brazil.

Both are
undeniable trick masters

perfecting everything
from 'magical sombrero' flicks

to impressive elasticos.

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When Pele retired,
he became the image

for a number of
different commercial brands.

He also participated
in several films and TV shows.

Pele has worked tirelessly
to defend human rights

and was appointed
a UNESCO goodwill ambassador

as a result of his initiatives.

As far as his personal life goes

Pele is father to seven children

and has been
married three times.

Most recently

he eloped with his
current partner, Marcia Aoki

in 2016.

Neymar has also found
love in his personal life.

He is currently dating

the Brazilian actress
Bruna Marquezine.

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Football is experienced
differently in every country.

In Mexico, the passion
fueled by football is intense.

Here, football
is more than just a sport

It's a religion,
and the players are the gods.

This melting pot
of rich cultural history

in the northern-most
part of Latin America.

It is also the birthplace

of two of
the game's brightest stars

Hugo Sanchez Marquez

and Javier Hernandez Balcazar

El Chicharito.

Hugo Sanchez Marquez was
born in Mexico City in 1958.

Javier Hernandez Balcazar

was born
29 years later in Guadalajara.

Both players came into the world

with remarkable pedigrees.

Sanchez' father
played for Atlante in Cancun

while Javier's
father and grandfather

were both Mexican football
idols during their time.

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Both were exposed to
the game at a very early age

Hugo Sanchez at 14 years old

and Javier Hernandez
at nine years old.

The pair developed
an appetite for goals

that set them
apart from the rest.


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In 1974

Sanchez took his first steps
in professional football

with the youth system at

the National Autonomous
University of Mexico.

That marks the beginning
of a 21-year career

filled with pages

of unforgettable
football artistry.


Chicharito began
his journey to the top

at the Club Deportivo
Guadalajara Youth Academy.

Hugo's career developed quickly.

In 1976

in addition to his debut
with Puma's first team

he also represented his country
at the Montreal Olympics.

At the age of 18

he was already
demonstrating his talents

with the senior national team.

His efforts earned
Mexico their qualification

to the 1978
World Cup held in Argentina.

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That same year, he demonstrated
his skills on the pitch

by finishing off his
third season with Pumas

with more than 25 goals.

In 1980, he was an instrumental
part on the path

to winning the Mexican League

the CONCACAF Club Championship

and the Inter-American Cup.

His spectacular performance
throughout the season

attracted the attention
of a European giant

and at the age of 23

Sanchez embarked
on a journey overseas.

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Chicharito began to
write his own history

at the young age of 15

when his youth club Chivas

offered him his first
professional contract.

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In 2009

Chicharito's talent
exploded exponentially

as he began to play
at his full potential.

He finished the year
as the top scorer

with 11 goals and as
the Champion of the Interliga.

The following year,
his triumphs earned him

a spot on the senior team

that would represent Mexico

during the World
Cup in South Africa.

In the tournament, he
scored his first World Cup goal

against France.

Back home, he found himself

leading the top scorer
list once again.

His phenomenal
performances for Chivas

caught the eye
of Manchester United

and at 22 years of age

Javier Hernandez signed
with the Red Devils.

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Hugo Sanchez
was just one year older

when he arrived in Europe
and joined Atletico Madrid

Sanchez had a tough time

adapting to the Spanish
team's rough ways of playing.

This was obvious
in his performance.

This incited a wave of criticism

from the Spanish press
who labeled the Mexican player

a total failure.

Sanchez remained driven.

He was not going
to let these obstacles

stand in the way
of him fulfilling his goal.

He was determined to succeed

outside of
his country's domestic league

and in the 1984 to 1985 season

the world began
to witness his grandiosity.

That year he was
a fundamental part

of the colchonero's triumph
in the Copa del Rey

and in the Spanish Super Cup

all while securing his place
as Pichichi of the league.

These successes
caught the attention

of Spanish super-club
and neighboring rival

Real Madrid.

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In 1985, 27-year old Sanchez
took the definitive step

that united him with
the victorious merengue side.

A fantastic group of players

known as La Quinta del Buitre

led by Emilio Butragueno

were waiting for Hugo's arrival

at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The lethal combination
of Hugol and La Quinta

established an unbeatable
dynasty in the Spanish League

that lasted for five years.

In four of them, Hugo was
named Pichichi of the league

and thus, the legend of
the PentaPichichi was born.


Chicharito's first year
in Europe was remarkable.

With the help of
his effectiveness

in crucial situations

Manchester United managed to win

the Premier League
and the Community Shield.

This earned him
the respect of his teammates

and above all, of
his coach, Sir Alex Ferguson.

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After four years at Manchester

Chicharito's stay
came to an end.

That summer, his nation
reached the round of 16

at the World Cup in Brazil

and subsequently, he became
the fourth Mexican in history

to sign with Real Madrid.

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In 1992

Hugo Sanchez
departed Real Madrid

and embarked
on a four-year journey

through the leagues in Austria

the United States,
Spain, and Mexico.

In 1997, at the age of 39

he retired from
football in his homeland.

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Chicharito's fate
is very similar

to that of his predecessor.

When he departed Real Madrid

he took on a new
challenge in the Bundesliga.

During his two years
with Bayern Leverkusen

he scored a total of 39 goals.

In 2017

he made a return
to the Premier League

and joined his current club

West Ham United.

Hugo Sanchez and Javier
'el Chicharito' Hernandez

have become
legacies in their own right

but one thing sets them apart

the number of
goals each has scored.

During his 21-year career

Sanchez reached
the 500 goal milestone.

That number could
possibly outshine

Chicharito's accomplishments

as he has only scored around
190 goals at the age of 29.

Those numbers don't
dim Hernandez' talents

who has scored almost
50 goals for the Tri

making him Mexico's top scorer.

During his time,
Sanchez was only able

to score 29 goals
for the national team.

Hugo amazed the masses
with his bicycle kicks, volleys

and of course his
signature celebrations

that defied gravity.

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Hernandez has been a quieter
and more reserved player

throughout his career.

Javier is used to defining
the final moments of every game

and has become
the last-minute hero

on multiple occasions.

Chicharito's weaknesses
were Sanchez' strengths.

His long-distance shots
gave him a clear advantage.

He was dangerous inside,
outside, and around the box

while Chicharito shines best

when he's receiving passes
from outside the penalty area.

Despite their differences
they are both considered

two of the best players
in Mexican history.

Although their
careers took similar paths

the lives of these two athletes

could not have been
any more different.

Hugo Sanchez was one
of the first Mexican players

to market himself as an athlete.

He made appearances
in several commercials

talk shows
and advertizing campaigns

in Mexico and in Spain.

Sanchez embraced fame

and lived for the crowds.

There's even
a street named after him

in the Mexican city of Puebla.

Football continues to hold
an important role in his life.

He currently works as
a sports commentator in Mexico.

Chicharito, on the other hand,
is less of a protagonist

and prefers to use his fame
to support humanitarian causes.

In 2012, Hernandez was appointed
as a UNICEF ambassador.

He utilizes his fame to
support initiatives in Mexico

that's aimed to help
children living in poverty.

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Colombia is a nation rich
in coffee, countryside and sea.

A nation reborn from decades
of conflict and heartbreak.

Its people turn to music

art and football to find joy.

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Two of their
greatest football legends

share something
that makes them great.

The number ten.

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Carlos 'El Pibe' Valderrama

was born in 1961

in the coastal city
of Santa Marta.

And 29 years later

in the city of Cucuta

his successor,
James Rodriquez, was born.

Carlos Valderrama
was born into a humble family.

He played football
whenever he could

with his brothers and cousins.

But his natural talent quickly
set him apart from the rest.

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Football was also
a fundamental part

of James Rodriquez' early life.

Everything in his life
revolved around a football.

Between the ages
of four and five

he joined
the Tolimense Youth Academy

and the course of
his life was transformed.

El Pibe signed his
first professional contract

with Union Magdalena

at the age of 19.

This marks
the beginning of the road

that would lead him
to become part of

the Milionarios de Bogota

and Deportivo Cali

the clubs where he demonstrated
his one-of-a-kind talent.

In 1987, he led the team
during their third-place finish

at the Copa America
where he was recognized as

the best player
of the tournament.

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In 1988, his amazing skills and
intelligence as a mid-fielder

earned him a move
to the French League

playing for Montpellier.

James Rodriquez' encounter
with international football

arrived before
his 20th birthday.

He had already excelled
in Colombia's Primera B

and at just 15 years old

he became the youngest
player in Colombia's Under 17.

In 2005,
he was presented the opportunity

to show off his techniques
with the first team

at Envigado Futbol Club.

Three years later
James' impressive performance

allowed him to
demonstrate his skills

at Banfield in Buenos Aires.

Eight months later,
the Colombian superstar

became the youngest
foreign debutante

in the Argentine First Division.

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With this
string of accomplishments

Rodriquez caught the attention
of the old continent

especially of one of
the fiercest clubs in Portugal


In 2010, at the age of 18

the Colombian mid-fielder
finalized his move to Europe.

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Unlike James, Valderrama's
consecration as a player

did not come until
after his 27th birthday.

In 1990, he was the strength
of Montpellier's mid-field

and a key player
in the French Cup victory.

But it was at that
year's World Cup in Italy

that Valderrama played

the best tournament of his life.

He led Colombia
to the round of 16

for the first time
in the country's history.

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After the World Cup

Valderrama searched
for new challenges

and he briefly
took his talents to Spain

where he joined Valladolid.

He returned home and helped
strengthen the national team

as they made their way
to the second World Cup.

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demonstration of skill

during their five-nil victory

against Maradona's Argentina

in River Plate's
Estadio Monumental

was historic.

The road to
the tournament was impressive

but Colombia's World Cup dream
rapidly turned into a nightmare.

The team did not live up to

their expectations
in the group stage.

They lost their
first match against Romania

and the second
to the United States

due to an own goal carried out
by defender Andres Escobar.

Despite having achieved
victory during the third match

fate was set,
and Colombia was sent home.

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The defeat was heart-breaking

and coincided
with some of the hardest times

in Colombian history

as the guerrillas
and drug traffickers

the country's citizens.

Only 11 days after

the arrival of the national team

Andres Escobar was assassinated.

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The news tarnished and stained
the national team's success.

Valderrama retired from
international football in 1998

after playing in
the World Cup in France

and in 2002

he officially
retired from football

leaving behind
the memories he created

during his 21-year career.

Valderrama's achievements

fill important chapters in

the history of
Colombian football

James continues
writing his own story.

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His first year in Europe
was a total success.

In 2010,
Porto won the Europa League

and the Taca de Portugal.

In 2012, he was recognized

as the best player in the league

with the Bola de Ouro.

In 2013,
he was acquired by Monaco

in a deal worth 45 million euros

and his development as a player

came at a crucial time
for Colombian football.

With his leadership
and technical input

the Cafeteros
returned to the World Cup

following a 16-year absence.

In Brazil 2014,

Colombia fascinated millions
with their vibrant style

and James with
his spectacular goals.

He was honored
with a Golden Boot

three Man of the Match

and his name began
to appear on the radar

of Europe's biggest clubs.

It was quite a year for James.

By the third quarter of 2014

Spanish giants Real Madrid

had signed Rodriquez
for 90 million euros.

During his time in Madrid

he won the European Super Cup

and the Club World Cup

scoring more than
15 phenomenal goals.

In 2017

Rodriquez departed
the Spanish capital

and joined his
current team, Bayern Munich.

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Comparing these two
Colombian football stars

has become inevitable.

James and El Pibe Valderrama

have defended
the Colombian colors with honor

and have carried
the number ten with pride.

Rodriquez' speed
and vision are things

Valderrama did not possess

but Valderrama
compensated his weaknesses

with his intelligent

and defensive tactics.

James is a bit more versatile

and can be placed
in different positions.

He has lined up as a winger,
or attacking mid-fielder.

Carlos played further back

a play-maker during
the majority of his career

and only toward
the end of his career

as an attacking mid-fielder.

Although Rodriquez
is primarily left-footed

these two sensational
assist machines

share the incredible ability
to play well with both feet.

They also share the
mental capacity to prioritize

making crucial passes
to team-mates,

despite having to sacrifice
scoring opportunities.

scored almost 90 goals

throughout his 21-year career

while James with
a long way to go in his career

has already surpassed
the 100th goal mark.

Carlos Valderrama

is known for his eccentric
behavior and charisma.

He is idolized as a symbol
of football in his nation.

In 2014 he was inducted

into the Football
Hall of Fame in Mexico.

He has been married twice,
and has six children.


James Rodriquez is one of
the most popular footballers

in the world today.

He was married to Daniela Ospina

sister of his
teammate David Ospina

with whom he has a daughter
named Salome Rodriquez.

According to Forbes Magazine

Rodriquez was one of the
top-earning athletes of 2017.


It's impossible
not to mention Argentina

when discussing football.

This two-time
World Cup-winning nation

has without a doubt

made its name
in the world of football.

Two of its most beloved
and legendary players

are Diego Armando Maradona

and Lionel Andres Messi.

Maradona is considered

the best player of
the late 20th century by many

and Messi is one of
the most important figures

in the modern-day game.

Maradona was born
on October 30th, 1960

in Via Fiorito

a suburb in Buenos Aires.

Twenty-six years later,
in the city of Rosario

Lionel Messi was born.

Like most Argentine children

first love was football.

Those who saw
Diego play as a child

knew he was built differently.

The same
could be said about Lionel.

Since childhood, he was
a force to be reckoned with.

At the age of eight, Diego
was discovered by a neighbor

who took him to train
with Argentinos Juniors.

Messi was four years old
when he played for Grandoli

a small local club in his city

where he would average
six to seven goals per game.

It was obvious that they were
both destined for greatness.

In 1976, a week
before his 16th birthday

Diego Maradona
debuted with Argentinos Juniors

and during his
five years with the club

he managed to score
a total of 115 goals.

His skills on
the pitch amazed everyone

and his potential
did not go unnoticed.

One of the country's
greatest teams, Boca Juniors

did not hesitate
to offer Diego a contract.

Maradona reached
the Bombonera in 1981

and he played
with one of the most

popular teams in the capital

before his 21st birthday

but his stay with
the Argentine giants was brief.

When the 1982 World Cup arrived

Diego formed part of the team

that would be
traveling to Spain.

Maradona's debut was not enough

to take the Albiceleste
past the first round.

After the tournament he did not

return home with
the national team.

The youngster had been purchased

by football club Barcelona

for seven
point seven million dollars

a record-breaking
amount at the time.


Messi's rise in Europe

happened under completely
different circumstances.

At the age of 11,
he was diagnosed

with a growth
hormone deficiency.

This almost changed
the course of his life

but his family was persistent

in finding Leo a sponsor that
would pay for his treatments.

of football club Barcelona

had the opportunity
to witness la pulga practice

and as soon as they saw him play

they decided to cover the entire
cost of his treatment.

In 2004, after four years
with the Youth Academy

he made his first-team debut.

Maradona played in Barcelona
for only two seasons.

In 1984, he was
transferred to Napoli.

He arrived at the San Paolo
during the prime of his career

ready to make history.


In 1986, at the age of 25

Maradona was
ready to participate

in his second World Cup.

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During this tournament

in the quarter-final
match versus England

Diego was involved
in one of the most

moments of his career

and also one of
the most memorable plays

in football history.

A ball that was
disputed between him

and English
goal-keeper Peter Shilton

ended up in the net.

The goal was validated

and the polemical
controversy began.

Diego had scored
the goal with his hand.

The play was baptized
as 'The Hand of God'

and it is still
remembered and discussed

in football pitches
across the globe today.

Within minutes, Maradona
went from villain to hero.

He scored one of the most
incredible goals of his career

so grandiose and spectacular

that it was named
'The Goal of the Century.'

Eventually, Diego
reached football supremacy

by crowning Argentina
World Cup champions

for the second time in history.

[fast-paced music]

Back in Italy, he continued
to astound the fans.

In 1989, he led Napoli
to their first league title

and UEFA Cup victory.

Then, in 1990

they achieved
their second Serie A title.

His image has been
immortalized in Italy.

His contributions
and leadership in Napoli

have left
a permanent mark on its people.

Murals and shrines
throughout the city

are dedicated to him,
and to this day

Diego is remembered
as a god in the city of Naples.

Despite having
achieved glory in Italy

Maradona began to struggle.
[unsettling music]

He tested positive for cocaine

and was consequently
suspended from the sport

for 15 months.

In 1992

he left the Italian club

and his number ten
shirt was retired.

But the giant's real downfall

did not come until
the 1994 World Cup

Following the second match

he tested positive during
an anti-doping inspection.

He was expelled
from the tournament

and Argentina
was eventually eliminated.

Diego Armando Maradona

officially retired in 1997

sporting his beloved
Boca Juniors jersey.

[fast-paced music]

Lionel Messi made
his World Cup debut

at the 2006
World Cup in Germany.

He was part of the action
during their second game

versus Serbia and Montenegro

where he scored
his very first World Cup goal.

By 2009

La pulga was the star of a team
that was built to succeed.

That year,
Barcelona broke the record

for most trophies won
in a competitive year.

Messi impressed
during every single match

and his incredible
season won him his first

of four consecutive Ballon d'Or.

But his peak had yet to come.

In 2012, he broke
another world record

this time for
the highest number of goals

scored in a calendar year.

Ninety-one goals between
his club and national team

earned him that achievement.

With three Champions League,
four Ballon d'Or

and five Spanish Leagues
conquered by the age of 25

the world began to
understand that Lionel Messi

was from another dimension.

In the 2014-15 season

he won his third Copa del Rey

fourth Champions League

and seventh Spanish League

as well as individually,
his fifth Ballon D'Or.

[electronic music]

On the pitch, both Diego and Leo

fluctuate between
the right wing and the middle

playing as
center-attacking mids.

Throughout his career,
Maradona played with more grit

always demonstrating

an almost warrior-like
style on the pitch.

He efficiently combined
his skill with strength.

Messi, on the other hand resorts
more towards his ingenuity

vision, and
creativity on the field.

Leo has scored more
than 600 goals to date.

While El Diego
scored just over 300 goals

during his 21-year career.

Both are avid dribblers

due to the combination of
their small size and agility.

Their similar playing styles

categorizes them as
the legends they are today.

They are recognized as
true technical geniuses

distinguished by their mastery
and creativity on the field

which they use
to build memorable

and effective plays.

The way these two athletes
place themselves on the pitch

have many striking similarities

but the way these two
have led their private lives

could not be more different.

Diego Maradona has been
involved in numerous scandals

while Lionel Messi
has led a quieter

and more private lifestyle.

Maradona married
Claudia Villafane in 1989.

The couple had two daughters

Dalma and Giannina.

After 14 years together

the couple
announced their separation.

During his time in Naples

he had an extramarital son

named Diego Sinagra

who is now also
a professional football player.

Diego has struggled with
alcohol and drug addiction

for many years.

In 2001

he was
hospitalized in Buenos Aires

due to
a life-threatening overdose.

In 2004

he stated that he had fully
recovered from his addictions.

Maradona has also been very bold

with his political decisions.

His support for
leftist ideologies

have even found
a place on his body.

Diego currently lives in Dubai

and enjoys the benefits

that his multi-million
dollar career left him.

[fast-paced music]

Lionel Messi is the opposite.

He stays as far away
from controversy as possible.

In 2017, he married
his childhood girlfriend

Antonella Roccuzzo

in her hometown Rosario.

they have three children

Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro.

Today, Messi is one of

the best-paid
athletes in the world.

The riches have not changed him.

The Argentine
has remained humble

and is known for
his introverted demeanor.

[reflective music]

The legends of the game

are those who broke
the paradigms of the sport.

They are those who feel the game

run through their veins

and come alive as soon
as that whistle blows.

They are those who imagine

create, visualize,
and play football

as if it were magic.

The lives of
these eight personalities

have shaped them
into iconic individuals.

These football players
traverse through the sport

over the last 50 years.

They have experienced obstacles

triumphs, and different
versions of the game.

[fast-paced music]

They dare
to challenge the impossible

and pave the way
to football glory.

This is DRAW.

[ending theme music]