Maradona steals the spotlight during Argentina match

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Diego Maradona is sometimes regarded as the greatest player in the history of soccer. The Argentine legend, who led the South American nation to World Cup glory in Mexico in 1986, has been a constant presence when Argentina has played at the World Cup in Russia this summer.

But while Maradona may still be regarded as a legend, his antics in the stands at this World Cup have been somewhat less decorous than his playing career, which in addition to the World Cup, saw him claim two Serie A titles with Napoli and a Copa del Rey with Barcelona.

Alex Baker

<p>Diego Maradona in the stands before the FIFA World Cup Group D match at Saint Petersburg Stadium. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Diego Maradona in the stands before the FIFA World Cup Group D match at Saint Petersburg Stadium. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)

<p>Diego Maradona is praying during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Diego Maradona is praying during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

<p>Argentina legend Diego Maradona celebrates after Marcos Rojo of Argentina scored a goal to make it 1-2 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Argentina legend Diego Maradona celebrates after Marcos Rojo of Argentina scored a goal to make it 1-2 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

<p>Former Argentina player and captain Diego Armando Maradona in the stands at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Russia on June 21, 2018.<br> (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Former Argentina player and captain Diego Armando Maradona in the stands at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Russia on June 21, 2018.
(Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>Former Argentina player Diego Maradona looks on before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Former Argentina player Diego Maradona looks on before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

<p>Former Argentina player Diego Maradona swings a shirt around his head before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Former Argentina player Diego Maradona swings a shirt around his head before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

<p>Diego Maradona kisses the jersey of Lionel Messi of Argentina during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhniy Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Diego Maradona kisses the jersey of Lionel Messi of Argentina during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhniy Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

<p>Diego Maradona holds a banner of himself in the stands before the FIFA World Cup Group D match at Saint Petersburg Stadium. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Diego Maradona holds a banner of himself in the stands before the FIFA World Cup Group D match at Saint Petersburg Stadium. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)

<p>Argentina legend Diego Maradona throws a flag to fans prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Argentina legend Diego Maradona throws a flag to fans prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

<p>Diego Maradona shows his support duringthe 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Diego Maradona shows his support duringthe 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

<p>Former Argentina player Diego Maradona looks on before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Former Argentina player Diego Maradona looks on before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

<p>Maradona is seen during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhniy Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Maradona is seen during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhniy Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

<p>Former Argentina legend Diego Armando Maradona on the stands at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Russia on June 21, 2018.<br> (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Former Argentina legend Diego Armando Maradona on the stands at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Russia on June 21, 2018.
(Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>Maradona is seen during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhniy Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Maradona is seen during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhniy Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

<p>Diego Maradona in the stands before the FIFA World Cup Group D match at Saint Petersburg Stadium. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Diego Maradona in the stands before the FIFA World Cup Group D match at Saint Petersburg Stadium. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)

<p>Former Argentina legend Diego Armando Maradona on the stands at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Russia on June 21, 2018.<br> (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Former Argentina legend Diego Armando Maradona on the stands at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Russia on June 21, 2018.
(Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>Diego Maradona shows his support duringthe 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Diego Maradona shows his support duringthe 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

<p>Former Argentina player Diego Maradona holds a tribute shirt for Lionel Messi of Argentina before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Former Argentina player Diego Maradona holds a tribute shirt for Lionel Messi of Argentina before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

<p>Former Argentina legend Diego Armando Maradona on the stands at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Russia on June 21, 2018.<br> (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Former Argentina legend Diego Armando Maradona on the stands at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Russia on June 21, 2018.
(Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>Former Argentina player Diego Maradona reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images) </p>
Diego Maradona at the 2018 World Cup

Former Argentina player Diego Maradona reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

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