Argentina beat Nigeria 2-1 in their final Group D match in Saint Petersburg and moved to the knockout stage on Tuesday.

Maradona, who was watching the game from the VIP sector of the Saint Petersburg Stadium, made an obscene gesture after Argentina's second goal that defender Marcos Rojo scored in the 86th minute.

"Maradona is in danger of becoming a laughing stock, I'm afraid," Lineker told the UK daily The Telegraph.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said it was "not nice" to see Maradona's gesture.

"His career as a football player on the pitch was up there with the best, but unfortunately there are moments like this that do arrive. It is not nice to see that," Ferdinand said.

Maradona collapsed after the final whistle and was taken away from the stadium. 


The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russia.