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Diego Maradona hears his name called... in an Oscar acceptance speech

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Argentine former footballer and United Arab Emirates Al Wasl coach Diego Maradona waves before the start of the Copa Libertadores 2012 first leg semifinal football match between Argentina’s Boca Juniors and Universidad de Chile at “La Bombonera” stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on June 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/GettyImages)

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Q: What do the Federico Fellini, Martin Scorsese and Diego Armando Maradona have in common?

A: All were thanked by Paolo Sorrentino at the 2014 Academy Awards after his film “The Great Beauty” won the Best Foreign Film category.

The 43-year-old Naples man is the appropriate age to have been in the full youthful throes of soccer passion when Maradona tore through European defenses as a member of Napoli from 1984-1991.

And we know Maradona likely accepted this honor will humility and class, likely deferring to the beauty of the sport and how its inspiration transcends the boundaries of the pitch.

Or he’s calling up Sorrentino and demanding the actual Oscar for the Argentinian’s trophy case.

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