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26th Jun 2018

It looks like Diego Maradona enjoyed Argentina’s winner against Nigeria

He had a good old time

Wayne Farry

Cometh the hour, cometh the man

No, not Marcos Rojo, the scorer of Argentina’s late winning volley against Nigeria in their final group game, I am in fact talking about Diego Maradona, who reacted to that winner with the most Diego Maradona moment ever.

The winner, which saw Rojo volley in a cross into the bottom right-hand corner of the Nigerian net, saw Diego – a legend of a man who had already celebrated Lionel Messi’s opener in a truly fantastic manner, jump to his feet and hug those next to him in his plush seats.

What followed then was what looked to be a real release for the living diety, who lifted up both hands, triumphantly elevated his middle fingers, pushed his hands out in the air and shouted “PUTA!”.

It was a moment so pure Maradona that it could’ve been scripted, and it was wonderful.

His reaction was however looked upon slightly differently by some others, with Gary Lineker questioning the wisdom of such behaviour, by saying that “he’s let himself down, really?”.