Diego Maradona enjoyed an eventful evening in Moscow, watching Argentina overcome their poor start to the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Nigeria that helped them earn a spot in the second round.
Watching on from up on high in a box, El Diego went through every emotion – as well as a few mysterious substances if that glass partition in front of where he was sat was anything to go by.
In fact, it all got a little too much for Maradona, who had to be helped from his seat and was later taken to hospital with a sore neck – or something like that, anyway.
“I want to tell everyone that I am fine,” he later told followers on Instagram. “I was checked by a doctor and he recommended me to go home before the second half, but I wanted to stay because we were risking it all. How could I leave?”
Love him or hate him, it just wouldn’t have been the same without El Diego, who experienced an incredible range of highs and lows – as these pictures demonstrate:
A Wave To The Fans
El Diego has arrived and is looking positively radiant – note the clean glass in front of him.
That’s A Lovely Beach Towel
He’s even happy to pose with a fancy beach towel someone bought – possibly outside the ground.
Dracula has risen
Lionel Messi gives Argentina the lead and Maradona celebrates Nosferatu-style.
Note the glass in front of him – has someone been baking with flour?
A Renaissance Painting
Maradona quite literally hogs the limelight in the minutes after the goal.
It’s all very Christ-like but he’s not the Messiah, he’s just a very naughty boy.
Rage Against The Machine
Argentina concede a penalty. Nigeria equalise.
There are chances at both ends. El Diego is not happy.
A late Marcos Rojo stunner seals the most unlikely of group stage escapes.
Maradona thanks God…
…And F**k The Rest Of You!
Never one for shying away from confrontation, Diego also salutes his detractors with a special salute.
Gary Lineker is embarrassed for him. You can probably assume what Maradona’s response would be.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.