Maradona flips bird after being told he's Argentina's bad luck charm

Argetina's former football star Diego Maradona (C) watches the Group F football match between...

Argetina's former football star Diego Maradona (C) watches the Group F football match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 21, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:28 PM ET

MANAUS, Brazil -- Iran might have picked up a crucial point against Argentina on Saturday had the South American side's bad luck charm stayed until the end.

Argentine legend Maradona, who has already been the genesis of a number of World Cup controversies in Brazil already, has responded to Argentina Football Association president Julio Grondona's claim that the World Cup favourites won Saturday only after Maradona left his seats late in the match.

Within minutes, Lionel Messi's fantastic finish in the 91st minute broke Iranian hearts, sending Argentina through to the knockout phase.

"The bad luck charm left the stadium and we won," Grondona said, according to a reporter from the UK's Daily Mirror.

Maradona's response was about what you'd expect: He held up his middle finger for a TV crew later in the day.

Earlier in the tournament, Maradona, who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, claimed he was denied entry into the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro -- something FIFA says it has no record of. The 53-year-old has also come out against England captain Steven Gerrard following the Three Lions' early World Cup exit.

After beating Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 in its Group F opener, Argentina topped stingy Iran 1-0 on Saturday to progress to the next phase.

Sunday was the 28th anniversary of Maradona's iconic "Hand of God" goal is against England.


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