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FIFA World Cup: Maradona in the Spotlight Post Argentina's Win

Football | Associated Press | June 27, 2018, 9:41 am
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 Diego Maradona roared and gesticulated through every anguished second of Argentina's rollercoaster World Cup victory over Nigeria on Tuesday before triggering alarm with a health scare after the final whistle. (Image: AP)

Diego Maradona roared and gesticulated through every anguished second of Argentina's rollercoaster World Cup victory over Nigeria on Tuesday before triggering alarm with a health scare after the final whistle. (Image: AP)

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 The 57-year-old football legend started the evening dancing playfully, saluting and waving to well-wishers applauding him in the moments before kick-off. (Image: AP)

The 57-year-old football legend started the evening dancing playfully, saluting and waving to well-wishers applauding him in the moments before kick-off. (Image: AP)

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 When Messi gave Argentina the lead early in the first half, Maradona screamed his delight, crossing his hands across his chest and gazing to the heavens. (Image: AP)

When Messi gave Argentina the lead early in the first half, Maradona screamed his delight, crossing his hands across his chest and gazing to the heavens. (Image: AP)

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 The 1986 World Cup-winner looked increasingly frazzled as the game wore on, at one stage slumped forward in his seat just before half-time. (Image: AP)

The 1986 World Cup-winner looked increasingly frazzled as the game wore on, at one stage slumped forward in his seat just before half-time. (Image: AP)

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 After Nigeria made it 1-1 from the penalty spot after the break -- a scoreline that would have sent Argentina crashing out of the tournament -- Maradona grew increasingly distraught. (Image: AP)

After Nigeria made it 1-1 from the penalty spot after the break -- a scoreline that would have sent Argentina crashing out of the tournament -- Maradona grew increasingly distraught. (Image: AP)

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 Argentina former soccer star Diego Maradona reacts as the fans take photographs. (Image: AP)

Argentina former soccer star Diego Maradona reacts as the fans take photographs. (Image: AP)

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 Argentina's former soccer star Diego Maradona cheers for his team. (Image: AP)

Argentina's former soccer star Diego Maradona cheers for his team. (Image: AP)

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 Former soccer players and Argentinian idol Diego Maradona gestures prior the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Image: AP)

Former soccer players and Argentinian idol Diego Maradona gestures prior the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Image: AP)

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 Argentina former soccer star Diego Maradona kisses the hand of a soccer fan ahead of the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria. (Image: AP)

Argentina former soccer star Diego Maradona kisses the hand of a soccer fan ahead of the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria. (Image: AP)

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 Diego Maradona waves to the fans ahead of the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria. (Image: AP)

Diego Maradona waves to the fans ahead of the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria. (Image: AP)

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 Diego Maradona cheers for his team. (Image: AP)

Diego Maradona cheers for his team. (Image: AP)

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 Diego Maradona attends the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia. (Image: AP)

Diego Maradona attends the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia. (Image: AP)

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 Diego Maradona cheers Argentina's team. (Image: AP)

Diego Maradona cheers Argentina's team. (Image: AP)

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 Diego Maradona smiles as he attends the group D match between Argentina and Iceland. (Image: AP)

Diego Maradona smiles as he attends the group D match between Argentina and Iceland. (Image: AP)

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 Diego Maradona pounds his chest during the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow. (Image: AP)

Diego Maradona pounds his chest during the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow. (Image: AP)

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 Argentina former soccer star Diego Maradona reacts as the fans take photographs. (Image: AP)

Argentina former soccer star Diego Maradona reacts as the fans take photographs. (Image: AP)

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 Diego Maradona cheers for his team. (Image: AP)

Diego Maradona cheers for his team. (Image: AP)

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 Diego Maradona smiles as the fans take photographs ahead of the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in Russia. (Image: AP)

Diego Maradona smiles as the fans take photographs ahead of the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in Russia. (Image: AP)

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 Diego Armando Maradona with fans during the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria. (Image: AP)

Diego Armando Maradona with fans during the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria. (Image: AP)

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 Argentina's former soccer star Diego Armando Maradona during the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

Argentina's former soccer star Diego Armando Maradona during the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

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