Diego Maradona Argentina's Jinx, Claims Julio Grondona, Diego Flips Him Bird

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterJune 22, 2014

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 21:  Diego Maradona (R) and his daughter Giannina Maradona look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Argentina and Iran at Estadio Mineirao on June 21, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Lionel Messi's 91st-minute goal saved Argentina's skin, giving them a 1-0 win over Iran at the World Cup—and according to Argentine FA President Julio Grondona, Diego Maradona had been the problem.

Maradona may be acclaimed as the man who almost single-handedly won his nation the 1986 World Cup, but according to Grondona, he was the reason they were struggling in 2014. 

Maradona was in attendance, but he left the stadium early—and when he did, Messi scored a blinder to secure victory.

AFA President Julio Grondona on Maradona: “The bad luck charm left the stadium and we won.” He walked out just before Messi struck winner

— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) June 21, 2014

Maradona, however, was on Argentine television later in the day and had his own charming response to Grondona's suggestion—he flipped him the bird:

La respuesta de Maradona a Grondona q le dijo q era mufa y por eso hizo el gol @Argentina cuando se fue de la cancha: pic.twitter.com/IHzYoh0vl2

— Saris Bello (@sarisbello) June 22, 2014

Jinx or no jinx, Argentina are through to the knockout stage after two wins from two matches so far.

[H/T Who Ate All The Pies]