Nine things we loved on day 13: Messi, Maradona, Fabregas & more

Quick Reads

Chelsea and Manchester United players caught our eye on day 13 of the World Cup, but Tuesday belonged to one man in particular.

With all the pressure on Lionel Messi, the great man delivered with a wonderful opening goal as Argentina beat Nigeria 2-1 to secure qualification.

We’ve rounded up the best bits of the action on and off the field.

Lionel Messi

Those first two touches. Yes please.

Lionel Messi, again

After Argentina’s win, a reporter told Messi: “After the first game I gave you a good luck amulet that my wife gave me, I don’t know if you threw it away or something…”

His disbelief when Messi shows him he had it on the whole time is wonderful.

Lionel Messi, again

He really is the main man.

Marcos Rojo

Cometh the hour, cometh the…wait, what, Marcos Rojo? Fair play.

Diego Maradona

An interesting 90 minutes in the life of El Diego.

Cesc Fabregas

Considering English is his second language, Cesc articulates this perfectly.

Andre Carillo

Volley!

Pierre van Hooijdonk

He only spent two years in England, but Van Hoojidonk knows all about the country’s psyche.

Leon Osman

You can’t teach that.


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