Dream Theatre, India’s premier brand management and licensing representation company, has secured the rights for the Maradona Consumer Products programme from Podium Icons, a division of Podium Brands Group in the UK.
Podium Icons has exclusively acquired the master licensor rights from Sattvica SA, the Argentine company which owns the Maradona, name, image and likeness rights, and has a range of assets and IP with which to be the sole authorised representative of the Maradona IP and to develop the Diego Maradona brand. Podium Icons has placed the rights for bringing brand Maradona to India and South Asia with Dream Theatre.
Maradona is arguably the greatest footballer of all time and celebrated for his exceptional skill and talent. His famous performance in the 1986 FIFA World Cup and his where he led Argentina to victory, ha made him a legendary figure in the world of sports, including in India. His impact and influence on the game of football have earned him a dedicated fan base across our country. In 2000, his sublime performances on the pitch were rewarded when he jointly won the Fifa Player of the Century award with Brazilian legend Pele. The Argentine won the internet poll with 53.6% to Pele’s 18.5%.
The partnership focuses on launching authentic merchandise across categories like apparel, sporting goods, bags, luggage, memorabilia etc.
“We are very excited to represent Maradona in India and South Asia. Maradona’s personality and impact on the game is timeless and as football gains ground in India, fans old and new will have a chance to celebrate the sheer genius of Maradona with authentic merchandise across categories”, says Jiggy George, CEO and Founder of Dream Theatre.
Sanjay Wadhwani, CEO and Founder of Podium Brands, said: “Maradona was more than just the greatest footballer of all time, he transcended the sport and became an icon to millions. We are thrilled to be given the honour of building and leading Maradona Brand with the purpose of sharing his remarkable story and, in time, building a lasting legacy promoting social and charitable causes in his name.”
Maradona’s merchandise will launch early 2024 and will be available across retail chains, stores and e-commerce platforms.