The Agony And The Ecstasy: Diego Maradona’s Argentina v Nigeria Experience Summed Up In 7 Brilliant Photos

By Jack Beresford

June 27, 2018

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.


Thank God…

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.