On Tuesday night, the world was waiting with bated breath for Lionel Messi
to net his first goal in the Russia World Cup. And he did just that in style, helping Argentina
beat Nigeria 2-1 in a crucial match that made sure the South American nation qualified for the knockouts. On the pitch, the spotlight was on Messi, who carried the hopes of millions of fans on his shoulders. Off the pitch, it was Diego Maradona who stole the show during the match.
The football legend displayed his myriad emotions at the stands. Gauging his response after the first goal --- scored by Messi, some Twitter users said Maradona
appeared "possessed". The man who was instrumental behind giving Argentina
their second Cup in 1986 couldn't keep his emotions in check after the second Argentine goal at the fag end.
What else? The former national coach danced with a woman wearing a Nigerian jersey and thumped his chest in joy, displaying his passion for the Beautiful Game throughout the 94 minutes of the high-voltage match.