Diego Maradona plays in Argentina training match smoking a cigar

Diego Marardona and his wacky training sessions are the gift that keeps on giving.

Headlines have been made this evening after Lionel Messi was ordered to rest and missed training with the Albiceleste in Pretoria ahead of the quarter-final with Germany on Saturday.

El Diego has utilised some pretty wacky training techniques over the course of the last week, yesterday he rolled out the old “butts up – ready, aim, fire” game, but today the Argentina coach decided to take part in a practice match with a cigar in his mouth.

Perhaps it was a display of confidence in his players as they look to avenge the 2006 quarter final defeat to Germany, Maradona looked to show how relaxed he is ahead of the clash with Jogi Low’s side.

Footage of Diego Maradona playing in a practice match with a Havana cigar.