An animated Maradona watches Argentina march onto the last 16.

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.

He looked like he was then napping at one point.

And then celebrated Argentina’s progession to the next round with a middle finger salute on both hands

He then seemed unable to walk unattended and was seen by paramedics inside the stadium in St. Petersburg

Then, apparently, he was okay.

An eventful evening in the eventful life of the world’s greatest ever.


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