It seemed like the end was near. From national outrage to mourning to a TV studio holding a minute’s silence after Argentina’s 3-0 loss to Croatia, it seemed the albiceleste found their hero in Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo. His an Leo Messi’s goals gave Argentina a 2-1 victory over Nigeria and pushed them into the last 16 of the World Cup, where they’ll face France on Saturday in Kazan.
But it was a former Argentina player’s antics off the pitch that sent social media into meltdown. His name is Diego Maradona.
He looked like a man possessed after Messi’s goal.
— Miguel Escutia (@miggy_e25) June 26, 2018
He looked like he was then napping at one point.
It’s exhausting being Maradona. pic.twitter.com/5n3xp8lUx5
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 26, 2018
And then celebrated Argentina’s progession to the next round with a middle finger salute on both hands
We are all Diego Maradona pic.twitter.com/Eh2DaM19ix
— Dominik Diamond (@DominikDiamond) June 26, 2018
He then seemed unable to walk unattended and was seen by paramedics inside the stadium in St. Petersburg
On a scale of 1-10 how much cocaine did Maradona do today pic.twitter.com/smwdz7Djvp
— Sandro Rubin (@Insider6ix) June 26, 2018
— theScore (@theScore) June 26, 2018
Then, apparently, he was okay.
Diego Maradona resting after his treatment. He's doing well, and on his way to Moscow. pic.twitter.com/BY9gX3a88B
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) June 26, 2018
An eventful evening in the eventful life of the world’s greatest ever.
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