BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona has been released from hospital following successful surgery for stomach bleeding.
His lawyer Matias Morla said the 58-year old former Boca Juniors and Napoli player, and current coach of the Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico’s second division, was heading home Sunday “to continue with his recovery.”
Late Saturday, Morla tweeted “Thank God everything went perfectly” after the surgery in the Olivos clinic in Argentina.
Maradona had gone to the clinic a little over a week ago for routine tests that detected stomach bleeding.
Once recovered, Maradona is expected to return to his team in Mexico.
The 1986 World Cup champion has a long history of hospitalizations for various reasons, including heart problems related to cocaine use, gastric bypass surgery and osteoarthritis in both knees.
Diego Maradona was admitted to a medical clinic in Buenos Aires with stomach bleeding, according to multiple reports, delaying his return to Mexico for the start of the Mexican soccer season.
Maradona is the sporting director of second division club Dorados de Sinaloa, and after the team agonizingly missed out on promotion last season, it was unclear whether Maradona would return. The 58-year-old had been partying in his native country over the holiday break, and failed to turn up in Mexico as the season drew nearer.
However, his agent confirmed on Twitter earlier Friday that he would indeed return to the Mexican club for the new season. “Diego Maradona has arranged to continue with the Dorados de Sinaloa and will stay as coach of the team for the whole season,” his agent Matias Morla wrote. “After routine medical exams in Argentina he will arrive at the club’s training ground.”
The club confirmed his assistant Jose Maria Martinez will take charge of the team until Maradona returns.
Reuters is reporting the problem is not serious, and he has already been released from the hospital earlier Friday. According to his daughter, internal bleeding was discovered during routine checkups. Reuters reports that Maradona may have to undergo more tests despite being released, so the timing of his eventual arrival at Dorados is unclear.
Maradona has frequented the hospital over the last few years with a number of health issues. The 58-year-old has struggled with cocaine addiction at times, hospitalized in 2004 with problems linked to drug use. He was also admitted to a clinic in 2007 for problems related to alcohol abuse. At the World Cup this summer he was briefly hospitalized after passing out in a spectator’s box at one of the venues.
MEXICO CITY (AP) Diego Armando Maradona’s Dorados team has lost a 4-2 match to Atletico San Luis, quashing the Argentine legend’s hopes of a championship in Mexico’s second division and prompting a confrontation with fans of the victorious team
The Dorados of Sinaloa had won the first leg of the second-division final series 1-0, but saw an initial 2-0 lead slip away on an own-goal by Diego Barbosa on Sunday.
Maradona watched the game from the stands because he’d been expelled from the first-leg game for arguing. Local news media on Monday published videos of an infuriated Maradona hurling unprintable Mexican and Argentine insults and at one point trying to punch someone, apparently while leaving the stadium in the north-central city of San Luis Potosi.
Photographs show him speaking into a walkie-talkie radio while watching the game.
The former Argentine star took over as coach in September, when the Culiacan-based team was struggling with just three points after six rounds and at the bottom of the standings.
Maradona was formally introduced Monday as the new coach of Mexican second-tier club Dorados de Sinaloa. He was jovial and said he didn’t come to Mexico for a vacation.
Maradona said: “I came here to work, and I came to give my heart.”
The 57-year-old has publicly struggled in the past with alcohol and drug addiction. His new club is located in a city considered the heart of the Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico’s most powerful drug smuggling gangs.
Maradona said “we are all judged” and added, “How many people are there here who do worse things than us and don’t end up in any newspaper?”