Argentina have been eliminated from the 2018 World Cup.
Although the South Americans entered their round of 16 clash with France as the underdogs, they didn’t go down without a fight in what was arguably the game of the tournament so far.
Les Bleus progressed to the final eight with a 4-3 victory and not only was the game swimming with goals, but it witnessed some of the finest strikes of the summer.
Football fans have been salivating over Benjamin Pavard’s volley ever since it first rippled the net in Kazan and with good reason at that.
Despite entering the game without a single international goal to his name, the defender outdid Nacho’s goal against Portugal with a strike of unbelievable technique.
Di Maria scored a wonder goal vs France
However, the Frenchman wasn’t alone in scoring a wonder goal on Saturday night.
Angel Di Maria is arguably the man to thank for blowing the game wide open and he did so in spectacular fashion before half-time.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder has endured a torrid World Cup tournament but silenced the doubters with a blistering left-footed strike, beating Hugo Lloris from fully 25 yards.
What Di Maria shouted after his goal
As the BBC Sport pundits said at the interval, no goalkeeper in the world would have saved it.
That being said, Di Maria’s behaviour after the wonder goal has now emerged and it’s certainly bizarre.
Fans noticed at the time that Di Maria looked to be gesturing towards, well, his crotch and Spanish publication Marca picked up on what he shouted at the crowd.
In the ecstasy of scoring, he shouted: “Mine are this big, they’re this big,” while pointing to his genitals.
That’s right, Di Maria wanted the crowd to know he has big testicles.
The motive for his crude celebration is unknown at the moment but it can only be assumed that he wanted to silence those who have criticised him this summer by showing his bottle.
The goal in itself did that for him, yet Di Maria wanted to leave no doubts in their mind, clearly.
Di Maria will be joining his Argentina teammates on the plane back to South America in the coming days and the World Cup won’t be graced by his strange celebration any more.
And while his wonder goal showed the talent he can bring to Argentina, they’ll be still questions surrounding his international future when he returns.
His goal wasn’t enough to keep Argentina in the tournament and a four year wait lies ahead for them to right the wrongs of this summer.
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