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:
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]