Diego Maradona has had successful surgery for a bleed on the brain, his public relations team has said.
The operation took place at a private hospital in Argentina a few days after his 60th birthday.
His personal doctor Leopoldo Luque said the Argentine was diagnosed with a subdural haematoma – an accumulation of blood between a membrane and his brain.
This was likely to have been caused by an accident, the doctor added, although the former football star has said he does not remember such a thing.
Maradona’s spokesman described his surgery as “all successful”, adding that it “happened as expected”.
Maradona, captain of the 1986 World Cup-winning team, will rest in a private clinic near Buenos Aires for at least 48 hours.
He has been a controversial figure since his playing days, having been sent home from the 1994 World Cup in the US for failing a drugs test and dropping in and out of the sport as a coach.
Known as the ‘Hand Of God’ after pushing the ball into the back of England’s net, the former world great has been caught publicly acting in un rational manner whilst clearly under the influence of drugs, although his football skills are still regarded as one, if not, the best in the game.
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