Diego Maradona, better known for his ‘hand of the God’ antic in 1986 FIFA World Cup final which Argentina eventually went on to win, has sincerely marked his attendance in every match that the La Albiceleste are playing in the ongoing quadrennial mega-show. The Argentine legend admitted to having taken to wine before as well as during the match prior to having been rushed to the hospital after Argentina beat Nigeria in the group decider.
However, football’s governing body FIFA, in a bizarre way, paying the 58-year-old a whopping sum of £10,000 per day at the World Cup. It looks like it is FIFA President Gianni Infantino. Infantino’s newly conceptualised plan is in line with his strategy to rope in new and young viewers’ interest. But Maradona, being his controversial self, left no stone unturned from enjoying a cigar in Argentina’s first tie against Iceland to making obscene gestures at the end of their final group game.
The interesting thing here is that Diego Maradona’s fee is the highest among all the other footballing legends invited for the programme, that includes Ronaldo, Carlos Puyol, Xavi and Samuel Eto. Maradona’s whopping fee does not even include his travel, accommodation and expenses but looks like Infantino had his way here, to decide the Argentine’s pay.
Lionel Messi-led Argentina lock horns with an impressive France as they meet in the very first match of the Round of 16. Argentina would be looking to snatch a win especially for the sake of their captain whereas France would try to get into the quarter-finals for their first win in 20 years.