The creator of the critically acclaimed TV series Gomorrah has revealed how Diego Maradona has been an inspiration to him, whilst also suggesting that Naples born Lorenzo Insigne would be perfect for a role.
Set in Naples, where the show’s creator and Napoli fan, Roberto Saviano, is from, Gomorrah follows the city’s organised crime families, and has become wildly popular with some of football’s biggest stars, including Marco Verratti and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Whilst speaking with Sky Sport Italia, Saviano spoke of his affection for Napoli’s former number 10, despite an alleged threat of legal action.
Diego Maradona actually threatened to sue over the years, because there was meant to be someone nicknamed after him in Gomorrah. He had a complicated life and that always attracted me. I feel curiosity towards Maradona and an unmotivated affection.
I was there cheering on Argentina against Italy during the 1990 World Cup semi-final at the Stadio San Paolo. I had gone to support Italy, but from half-time onwards I was cheering on Argentina.
I remember the schools would empty out on a Wednesday because we’d all go to see Maradona training.
For me, Maradona is still Napoli and the club can still make you feel great even when everything is going badly.
So, after Ibrahimovic famously quoted a line from the TV show whilst at PSG, who would Saviano cast in the fictional Gomorrah from the world of football?
Ibra is perfect for the role of an Eastern European criminal. I’d see Insigne looking good as a drug-dealing kid in the town square, obviously because of his physical look and his ability to speak the dialect. They’d be perfect!