Argentina football legend, Diego Armando Maradona, who was hospitalized on Monday, has undergone a successful brain surgery for blood clot on Tuesday in a private clinic in Buenos Aires the capital city of Argentina.
The operation was conducted a day after the football legend had been admitted to a hospital suffering from anemia – a lack of iron in his system – and dehydration. A series of tests was conducted and a scan revealed the blood clot.
Groups of fans congregated outside the clinic with banners showing Maradona’s face and the words “Come on, Diego!”
During his prime the now 60-year-old Maradona was regarded as one of the greatest football players ever to play the game, and in 1986 he led Argentina to a World Cup title.
According to Maradona’s personal doctor ‘Leopoldo Luque, “We managed to successfully remove the clot. Diego coped well with the surgery.”
“It’s under control, there’s a little drainage (of blood). He’ll remain under observation.”
Maradona has had scares in recent years.
He was admitted to hospital in January 2019 with internal bleeding in the stomach. He also fell ill at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he was filmed passing out in an executive box during a match between Argentina and Nigeria.
Maradona has suffered from obesity, and in 2015 underwent gastric bypass surgery to help battle his weight.
Maradona has been managing local Argentinian club Gimnasia y Esgrima.
The club renewed his contract for the 2020-21 season in June. They won their first league match of the new campaign last Friday 3-0. Which was also his 60th birthday.