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03rd Jul 2018

Maradona trolls England with picture of himself in Colombia shirt ahead of World Cup game

James Dawson

He added a caption that will only enrage fans further

It might not be quite the same as 1986, but it’s fair to say that Maradona is making his mark on this World Cup – whether he’s being pictured in the stands making racist gestures, offering to take over the reins of the Argentina team after their dumping out of the competition, or it being revealed he’s being paid an obscene amount of money just to be there.

And it’s unlikely that England fans will be happy about his latest public statement on Instagram.

He posted an image on the social media site showing him sitting in an armchair wearing Colombia’s yellow jersey and giving two thumbs up to the camera. He captioned it: “Vamos con toda Colombia.”

If you’re wondering exactly what that means, then Google translate will tell you it is ‘we are all Colombia’, which given his prior in the Hand of God incident can only be seen as salt in the eyes of Harry Kane and the rest of the LIONS.

The Argentinian is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers to ever kick a ball, but he remains a controversial figure in the game, with his drug and financial problems well documented.

Throughout the mid-1980s and 1990s, Maradona was addicted to cocaine – he was sent home from the 1994 World Cup after two games after failing a drug test for ephedrine doping. Maradona would claim in his autobiography that it was due to an energy drink that his personal trainer had advised him to drink.

He scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for the Argentinian national side and lifted the World Cup with his country in 1986. He then went on to manager Argentina from November 2008 and July 2010.